Entries tagged with microfinance

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megan_kashner
• 12/07/16
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Responsibly sourced… Fair trade… Supporting local farmers… These increasingly abundant and familiar labels signal to consumers the social, environmental, and other beneficial impacts promised by the products we see on store shelves. But how can companies ensure that the purchase of a particular chocolate bar or bag of coffee will lift up the lives and futures of people up and down the supply chain?

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Anne Hastings
• 09/14/15
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Guest-blog by Anne Hastings, Executive Director, Microfinance CEO Working Group. Cross-posted from CFI-Accion.

At a time when microfinance has fallen out of favor in mainstream development circles and when investors are asking to see metrics showing the impact of their funding, it is especially important to base our discussions of poverty outreach on empirical research. Grameen Foundation and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) recently published a study that does just this. Factors Influencing Poverty Outreach Among Microfinance Institutions in Latin America (also available in Spanish) takes a close look at poverty outreach data from 14 microfinance institutions (MFIs) across six Latin American countries and is the first study of its kind in the region.

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stevewright
• 02/27/12
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In 2010 SKS Microfinance went public with great excitement from the financial markets and a hail of criticism from some in the industry. The criticism centered around the idea that profit is NOT a proxy for success and an aggressive focus on growth is bad for the poor.

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bsambe
• 02/15/11
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Lift Above Poverty Association (LAPO), Microfinance Bank Limited in Nigeria—the largest microfinance institution (MFI) in the country—ended 2010 with a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on the use of the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI).

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sbrown
• 01/31/11
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During a recent visit with a microfinance partner in Senegal, a colleague and I encountered two of the most discussed issues related to the PPI: the kind of collection with associated advantages and disadvantages and the organization’s attitude toward cost. This blog is also available in French below the English copy, thanks to Absa Gueye, APSFD Senegal.

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Awais
• 01/24/11
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As the Regional Microfinance Programme Specialist for Plan International in Asia, I have learned first-hand the top challenges faced by microfinance institutions in accepting—and implementing—the PPI as their poverty assessment tool. My observations led me to create the ten challenges I outline here.

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sbrown
• 11/11/10
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At the close of our four-day training in Nairobi, Kenya, Stephen Makanga of KADET stands up and requests that the participants acknowledge in a Kenyan way the excellent job done by the facilitators. He instructs the group of Kenyans and Ugandans to rub their hands together (creating heat), and then to open them up a bit when he calls half-kilo, then wider at one kilo, even wider at kilo-and-a-half, and wider at two kilos, followed by the rotating of the wrist as though working flour and when he called “Pasha Moto,” they clapped in unison to acknowledge a job well-done. Absa, Donald, I wore huge smiles at this gesture of appreciation and to acknowledge the liveliness and engagement of the participants during the training, we too participated in demonstrating pasha moto!

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franspurnama
• 07/29/10
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As part of its commitment to measure the social impact of microfinance on the poor, the Indonesia Microfinance Association (IMA) requires all its member organizations to implement Social Performance Management (SPM). And in partnership with Plan International and the Grameen Foundation, IMA introduced the Progress Out of Poverty Index™ (PPI™) as a SPM tool to its members in a PPI Training of Trainer (ToT) workshop on May 25-27 in Bandung, West Java.

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pkelly
• 05/26/10
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On my last day in Huancayo, I saw two examples of village banking that showed why this approach works for PRISMA in Peru. “Village banking strengthens social networks,” PRISMA Director Diego Fernandez told me. It is the best way to educate and motivate clients, he says, because they can learn from and support each other.

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pkelly
• 05/21/10
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It is not so easy to get to Pampas. Our group—Norma Rosas from PRISMA, Yolirruth Nunez, social monitoring officer with Oikocredit, and myself—set out from the nearest city, Huancayo.

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