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.
In this study, Grameen Foundation reviews microfinance institutions' (MFIs) experiences with mobile financial services and assesses the challenges and opportunities faced during implementation.
The mobile phone is gaining widespread popularity as a means to bridge the “last mile” – to bring information and financial services to people without ready access to them. To get a better picture of how to best deliver mobile services, we conducted a case study with our partner, Cashpor Microcredit, based in Varanasi, India.
This case study outlines how Marie Stopes International (MSI), a global family planning organisation, uses the PPI to assess the poverty status of its clients. As MSI is the first known healthcare service delivery organisation using the PPI, GF sees MSI as a model in highlighting the successes, challenges and opportunities associated with PPI use within healthcare organisations.
This document explains our MOTECH project in Ghana and highlights key lessons learned by the project team as the system was being designed, developed and implemented. Although MOTECH is viewed as a “technology project,” the majority of the lessons learned are around operational issues, cultural components and operating with partners to make the project successful.
This case study presents work done with CARD Bank in the Philippines as part of a larger savings mobilization project with Grameen Foundation to introduce a new type of savings product and expand CARD’s market share to poor savings clients.
This study finds that the introduction of a Community Knowledge Worker within the area led to a signicant increase in the price farmers receive for maize. It also finds effects on farmer's knowledge, their attitudes toward information and extension and farming practices.
This groundbreaking report analyzes PPI data from 10 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the Philippines to illustrate how MFIs and other pro-poor organizations can use poverty measurement data to evaluate their social performance.
This case study illustrates the use of data analytics - including the use of the Progress out of Poverty Index® - to strengthen CARD Bank's savings strategy. It outlines the business questions that were asked and the client insights they gleaned, as well as how this information is being used to change produce design and delivery.
Most economic development programs that aim to reach the poorest households have not been designed using a sustainable business approach. Instead, these programs have been developed as grants and charity-driven projects. While there is a role for grant-driven programs, organizations can also make sustainable business decisions to extend outreach to poorer populations in the medium to long term.