This month we’re celebrating the breakthroughs and quiet firsts of unheralded women. From Kankuri, who broke tradition by eating with her husband, to Samata, who is building a successful farming business to pass on to their children. And meet Josephine, who changed the way her family managed their health.
Grameen Foundation is proud to announce WomenLink II, a renewed partnership with Wells Fargo to catalyze economic empowerment through the breakthrough use of digital financial services among poor and low-income women. During its initial year of operation, WomenLink II will scale up training and use of digital financial services by tens of thousands of women in India and the Philippines. It builds on Grameen Foundation’s work for WomenLink Phase I, supported by Wells Fargo in India and Colombia.
Gigi Gatti, Grameen Foundation's regional director, Asia, and country director, Philippines, explores the lessons we have learned from the FarmerLink pilot program in the Philippines.
Grameen Foundation India's recent report on low bank usage in India is cited.
How to create demand for financial services; hand-holding clients, meeting their financial goals a must
Prabhat Labh, CEO of Grameen Foundation India, says we need a shift in the cultural mindset, putting the client first and creating better products that meet their goals and aspirations.
In an email interview, Prabhat Labh, CEO of Grameen Foundation India, discusses the need for India to think about digital financial inclusion at the level of the ecosystem.
This report documents the final client outcomes from a pre-/post-test assessment completed during the Rajasthan Nutrition Project (RNP). RNP’s goal was to improve household nutrition, particularly among pregnant and lactating women and children, and aimed specifically improve breastfeeding rates, use of ORS to treat diarrhea, linkages to local health services and household food security. The results suggest that all targets were met, if not exceeded. Gender dynamics, as measured by mobility and decision-making power, also improved during the project period.
Factors Associated with Accessing Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme Among Women in Rural Rajasthan, India
The purpose of this study was to assess the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme centre usage among women in rural Rajasthan and characteristics of households accessing these centres. The findings suggest that in rural Rajasthan, the majority of individuals access ICDS centres, especially supplementary food services. While supplementary food services can be effective in reducing childhood undernutrition, ICDS services in this region may consider increasing focus on other cost-effective and underutilized services, including breastfeeding education.
While breastfeeding is culturally accepted in India, exclusive breastfeeding rates remain low, especially as the infant increases in age. This paper, developed using baseline data from the Rajasthan Nutrition Project, assesses the factors that influence whether women breastfeed initially and exclusively for six months. Findings from this paper suggest that breastfeeding rates are suboptimal, possibly as a result of food insecurity, financial status, and autonomy.
Policy innovations and the integration of digital technology are prompting a transformation of the financial services sector in India. But although hundreds of thousands of new accounts have been opened, a significant proportion remain un- or under-used. Grameen Foundation India and J.P. Morgan analyze why and what can be done to ensure low-income people are fully included in the financial system.