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Awais
• 04/13/10
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More than three dozen village agents from seven different communities were gathered at a training hall in Dakrong district in Quang Tri, Vietnam when I arrived there in February. Along with four project officers, the group would spend three days learning about the Progress Out of Poverty Index™ (PPI™).

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mkochendorfer
• 04/01/10
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Using the PPI™ starts with collecting information from poor families who could be (or are) borrowers. MFIs go to their homes to collect this information. But the next important step in using those data to better serve the poor is to input it into a computer program of some kind. Most MFIs have management information systems (MIS) that they use to track other operational data like loans outstanding or savings balances. The best, most complete use of PPI data requires finding a way to integrate it into their existing MIS.

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PreetiWali
• 03/10/10
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“Synergy in action.” “Exhausting but exhilarating and exciting!” These are descriptions by key organizers of a recent PPI Training of Trainers (TOT) in Phnom Penh, where the first Cambodia PPI was rolled out last month.

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PreetiWali
• 03/04/10
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We’ve learned through our work with MFIs that nothing is more effective at helping them better understand the benefits, uses, and challenges of the PPI than meeting with their peers in region/country. We’ve seen peer learning groups gather in Chiapas, Manila, and now in Bangalore.

The first India PPI Peer Learning workshop gathered 18 participants from three major microfinance networks and nine Indian MFIs. They came to Bangalore to discuss best PPI practices and to identify future opportunities to meet and collaborate on social performance efforts. The networks were:

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PreetiWali
• 02/19/10
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--Guest blog by Ben Simmes of Oikocredit--

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PreetiWali
• 02/18/10
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Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the poorest regions in the world. Grameen Foundation wanted to find the best way to help microfinance institutions in the region achieve their mission of moving their clients out of poverty - and so PUCA was born.

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PreetiWali
• 02/12/10
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Following the PPI Data Analysis training, Mary Jo Kochendorfer and Cris Lomboy joined other discussion leaders at a Social Investing Workshop. Their panel, Opportunities and Challenges in Social Investment, focused on shared experiences among MFIs and technical assistance providers in promoting social performance. The panel examined the role of social investment as an incentive for increasing social performance activities among organizations.

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PreetiWali
• 02/11/10
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Mary Jo Kochendorfer and Cris Lomboy from Grameen Foundation’s Social Performance Management Center launched a two-week training tour for microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the Philippines and India. In Manila, the first stop, the team trained members of the Philippines Social Performance Management (SPM) Peer Learning Community (PLC) to analyze data gathered by the Progress out of Poverty Index™ (PPI™).

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Leah Nedderman
• 01/25/10
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One of the most urgent problems facing Haiti is the rising price of goods, exacerbated by a shortage of cash in the country. National banks have been slow to open, and even slower to make significant sums of cash available to other financial institutions in the country. One of my Haitian friends wrote on Saturday: “Thanks to God I am still alive but I have a lot of friend died [sic].

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PreetiWali
• 01/13/10
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Are the poor able to save money, even a few pennies a day or a week? The answer is yes, and microfinance institutions around the world are helping them do so by operating savings programs in addition to loans.

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