Smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America face many challenges, including little or no access to quality inputs (e.g., seeds and fertilizer), insufficient information about farming "best practices", market prices and weather and limited access to markets and few financial resources. This makes it extremely difficult to increase their level of
These studies aim to understand how mobile phone technology and its usability is impacting poor women’s ability to access and benefit from mobile financial services. Many players assume that if a poor person owns a mobile phone, they are able to use it. We have found that this is a faulty assumption, and believe that usability and “mobile phone literacy” are big issues that are preventing poor women in particular to benefit from mobile-enabled solutions.
Many of the world’s toughest problems, including persistent poverty, are rooted in individual behavior. Behavioral economics and more specifically the emerging practice of behavioral design offer powerful tools to solve these social problems at large scale. Behavioral design applies insights from decades of academic research in behavioral economics and behavioral psychology to develop low-cost interventions with large effects.
This case study looks at how an existing channel of delivery can be improvised and customized to effectively reach and serve the poor in a sustainable way.
This case study analyzes Cashpor’s Business Correspondent (BC) model from a business sustainability perspective.
Grameen Foundation announces the release of the operational overview report of Easypaisa, the largest branchless banking service in Pakistan. The report, commissioned by Grameen Foundation via the South Asian Micro-Finance Network (SAMN), identifies key factors that have enabled Easypaisa’s success.
This report—based on a representative state-wide study of microfinance in Karnataka, India—demonstrates that it is possible and necessary for the microfinance sector to measure and understand itself through a strongly and consistently pro-poor lens and make decisions based on this.
It is estimated that at a country level in India, a mere 20% or less of the 100 million savings accounts opened so far are active and the rest 80% of the accounts become dormant. Dormancy is a concern as it indicates that the newly banked are not using their accounts and therefore are not effectively leveraging opportunities to climb out of poverty.
While it is true that regulatory and financial viability issues are paramount challenges faced by Business Correspondents in India, these issues have overshadowed other operational challenges that BCs face on the ground.
Prevailing wisdom holds that the ultra-poor are too poor to save money. This study examines the savings behavior of ultra-poor women served by the Livelihood Pathways for the Poorest project, which is jointly implemented by Grameen Foundation and the Livelihood School (part of BASIX group of companies), in Gaya District, Bihar, India.