poverty alleviation

The business case for financial inclusion: A multi-trillion-dollar proposition

The business case for financial inclusion: A multi-trillion-dollar proposition

A high-level business case for financial inclusion constructed using data on the impact of M-PESA on poverty in Kenya By Ethan Loufield...

Financial inclusion: one piece of the poverty puzzle

Financial inclusion: one piece of the poverty puzzle

During the five weeks I have been in India, the bulk of my exposure to the financial inclusion field has...

Green Light Means Go?

Green Light Means Go?

Around a conference table early in the morning all of the asesoras, loan officers for Fundacion Paraguaya, are huddled in big...

Measuring Microfinance Impact

Measuring Microfinance Impact

As Acción Ambassadors, our mission is to document the impact of microfinance. Last year, Fundación Paraguaya, -like many organizations maturing-, started feeling the need to measure their impact on client’s lives and to document it. Do they help clients progress out of poverty? Do they eliminate poverty? Fundación Paraguaya chose to develop its own tool: the "Traffic light" showing in red, yellow and green, areas of poverty and needed improvements. They “took a picture” of poverty in June 2010 for some groups, and are currently taking another one of the same groups to monitor changes. Rosa, Cristina and Petronilla were some of those clients...

Final Thoughts: Signing Off from Paraguay

Final Thoughts: Signing Off from Paraguay

As I prepare to head back to the U.S. this week, armed with new knowledge and new questions about microfinance,...

Microloans for High Aspirations: Student Loans at Fundación Paraguaya

Microloans for High Aspirations: Student Loans at Fundación Paraguaya

1,000 students achieving their dreams in 11 countries.  All they needed was a few hundred dollars. When Fundación Paraguaya granted...

The Highs and the Lows: From Mbaracayú to Asunción

The Highs and the Lows: From Mbaracayú to Asunción

From young campesina students with big dreams about their future and that of their communities to women in Asunción’s most...