In Burkina Faso, households have access to few resources for facing numerous health and environmental shocks. Economic games were used to introduce health savings accounts (HSAs) and health loans to participants, mimicking real-life products by a local financial service provider (FSP).
To fill some of the gaps in knowledge about how financial services contribute to household resilience, a series of financial diaries and qualitative data were collected among 46 women in rural Burkina Faso. Results from the study revealed that the demand for financial services to anticipate and cope with shocks appears widely unmet.
The primary goal of this paper is to identify the characteristics of self-perceived resilience among a small sample of women in rural Burkina Faso. The findings from this paper provide unique insights into the set of factors, if reinforced by financial institutions and development practitioners, that are likely to strengthen household resilience.
This case study follows the experience of Reseau des Caisses Populaires du Burkina Faso (RCPB), a credit union network based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in designing a health savings product and health loan (which could be accessed only when a health savings account was in use and depleted of funds) that clients could use to address health costs.
The opportunity for smallholder financing is enormous. Fewer than 10 percent of the nearly half billion of the world’s smallholder farmers operate in organized farmer groups that have benefited from agriculture financial services initiatives.
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.
Grameen Foundation ran a blog series hosted by Next Billion (March 17-June 11, 2015) on the challenges and benefits of microfinance institutions utilizing mobile technology to serve their clients.
Mobile health is a technology with enormous potential, just a fraction of which has been tapped so far. Among our efforts to realize this potential, the MOTECH program in Ghana is one of our proudest innovations.
This is a summary of our five-year report on the MOTECH Ghana project's experience using mobile technology to help reduce preventable maternal and child deaths.