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.
June 13, 2017 by Amelia Kuklewicz
As an industry, we have made significant strides in understanding, measuring and tracking financial inclusion worldwide. One sign is the steady stream of emails, conferences and webinars discussing best practices for creating useful, affordable products and services, educating clients appropriately, and safeguarding their rights. But there is one crucial element missing from most of these discussions: frontline staff.
Yet, microfinance field officers play an outsized role in the lives of poor families.
May 31, 2017 by Dr. Gabriela Salvador
Several years ago, while working with an indigenous Guatemalan community to improve health access, a pregnant woman experiencing severe convulsions arrived at the local clinic. Fatima was close to full term, and had two young children by her side. But her convulsions were already out of control. She died shortly after arriving.
When Dreamers become Leaders: Understanding a spectrum of needs among women entrepreneurs in Guatemala
This paper summarizes key findings of a qualitative study of women microentrepreneurs - clients of Freedom from Hunger partner, Friendship Bridge.
WASHINGTON—Dec. 16, 2015—Grameen Foundation today announced that it has received a Force for Change grant from Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce. These funds will be used to improve economic opportunities for smallholder farmers in Colombia using mobile technology and Salesforce App Cloud. The grant will enable Grameen Foundation to expand its mSourcing solution, which allows private and public sector players in the horticulture supply chain to work more cost-effectively with smallholder farmers.
This Spanish-language paper (Memoria sobre: Sistematización de Experiencias de Integración de Salud y Microfinanzas en el Perú) reports on the experiences, outcomes, and lessons learned during a five year project aimed at integrating financial services and health services across village banking groups in Peru.
I am Saving—Lessons Learned from Implementation of Integrated Savings Services and Financial Education for Two Ecuadorian Credit Unions
This publication by the European Microfinance Platform analyzes a variety of macro- and micro-level factors that can impact the scalability and sustainability of youth integrated services. The work of two Ecuadorian credit union partners, Cooperativa San Jose and Cooperativa Cooprogreso, are highlighted to share their experiences of developing youth financial and nonfinancial services.
The Guardian discusses the work of the Fairtrade Access Fund, which was founded in 2012 to provide long-term financing to smallholder farmers.
October 13, 2014
“Es difícil desprenderse de los malos hábitos. Aunque, si de un modo u otro, uno consigue convertir un mal hábito en uno bueno, este también será difícil de erradicar”. Con esta sencilla frase, David Russell, miembro del Consejo de Grameen Foundation, captó con elegancia el reto, y la oportunidad, de nuestra iniciativa latinoamericana “granjeros conectados” ,que intenta convencer a los agricultores de subsistencia de la adopción de mejores prácticas agrícolas.
May 13, 2014
I have watched many people set out to start something completely new as a way to increase social impact. I have even started a few such ventures – such as Grameen Foundation – myself. It takes a lot to launch a successful start-up, including courage and, dare I say, cojones. There is significant risk involved, and with the upside of transformation comes the often looming downside of humiliating failure.