Grameen Foundation Insights

The global movement to end poverty and hunger depends on the constant exchange of experience and ideas. That’s why we are eager to share our experiences with people like you.

Our Insights blog shares lessons learned from leaders in the field; examines efforts to bring resources and services to poor communities; and reviews how poverty-focused organizations are using data for greater impact.

Latest Posts

Denise, a refugee in Bidi Bidi, Uganda reviews a mobile money app on her phone.

08/05/2019 by Lauren Henricks, Executive Vice President, Grameen Foundation

The Bidi Bidi refugee camp, in northwestern Uganda, is the largest refugee settlement in the country, and the second-largest refugee camp in the world, hosting 220,000 refugees who have fled the devastation and humanitarian crisis of the protracted civil war in South Sudan.

Woman and her children from Central America inside the woman's business at a local market.

04/16/2019 by Amelia Kuklewicz and Elliott Collins

Entrepreneurship is a vital part of life for women in Central America, where unemployment is 50 percent higher for women than for men. But women entrepreneurs are squeezed from many sides as they struggle to launch and grow their businesses.

A shopkeeper in Kenya displays her fabrics and quilts for sale.

03/15/2019 by Mary Vail, MBA

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines entrepreneur as one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise. As an entrepreneur, I can appreciate how others seek to find success in operating their own business. And I am often amazed at the challenges some must overcome to ensure their business thrives.

03/07/2019 by Lauren Hendricks, Sanjay Podder and Charu Adesnik

Despite the buzz of excitement about the rapid pace of change due to new technologies, women are too often left behind, especially in lower income countries.  The gaps are clear: a 10 percent gender gap in mobile phone ownership (unchanged over the past five years), and a 23 percent gap for mobile internet usage.

Small holder farmers look at a Farm Development Plan prepared for their farm.

03/07/2019 by Steve Hollingworth

That morning ritual loved by millions, a simple cup of coffee, may one day be a thing of the past.

With encouragement, more women are learning to use digital financial tools to manage their money and connect to key government services.

12/14/2018 by Jessie Tientcheu, Vice President Global Program Operations, Grameen Foundation

It has been a notable year for women’s economic empowerment. Women’s entrepreneurship is rising globally, with the strongest growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. Ghana has the highest percentage of women business owners globally, according to the latest MasterCard Index.

Sindhu, a Grameen Mitra, her husband, and daughter.


Earlier this month, supporters from the global financial services firm, Capital Group, joined Grameen Foundation to see our work in India. There, in the dead center of this country of 1.3 billion people, we met Sindhu.  This is her story.

Women are the bedrock of agriculture and produce most of the food in rural communities.

10/16/2018 by Lauren Hendricks

Global hunger is near a ten-year high. Almost 821 million people—one out of every nine persons—are chronically hungry and roughly one-third of women of childbearing age suffer from anemia, a form of malnutrition that heightens risks of maternal and infant mortality and saps energy. In Asia, 515 million are hungry, in Africa, 256.5 million.

Digital data can be transformational for poor communities, if managed responsibly.

10/02/2018 by Steve Hollingworth

How much is your personal data worth? It depends on whom you ask. Last year, advertisers paid Facebook $40 billion to promote their products to us using that very data.

Farmers from Kasapin, Ghana and their fermenting cocoa beans

09/27/2018 by Bobbi Gray

Defining a farmer is not a simple task

Who’s your farmer? This sounds like a simple question for any agricultural intervention, but it is fraught with complexity, especially for those of us who are trying to support women through agricultural programs. Why is that and why does it matter?