Gigi Gatti explains how Grameen Foundation works with neighborhood shops and telecom operators in the Philippines to extend financial services to underserved communities.
Royston Braganza of Grameen Capital India discusses the potential for harnessing capital in India to tackle social challenges.
Prabhat Labh of Grameen Foundation India calls for a paradigm shift in India that moves financial inclusion from "providing financial literacy to building financial and digital finance capability."
A Grameen Foundation/Freedom from Hunger India Trust program is helping to reduce malnutrition rates and boost women’s confidence in India.
Grameen Foundation’s digitally powered Community Agent Network (CAN) has equipped and empowered a largely female field force to break through barriers to financial services for the country’s low-income communities
MANILA, April 12, 2018 – In a breakthrough for financial inclusion in the Philippines, Grameen Foundation and its implementing partners Action.able, Inc and FSG Technologies, Inc. has proven that a female led agency force can work to bring financial services to low-income communities, many from from a bank branch.
Catalyzing Financial Inclusion: The Case of Grameen Foundation’s Community Agent Network Program in the Philippines
Offering digital financial services to women and men in low-income and rural areas requires much more than a technology solution. It also involves activities that encourage client adoption, a robust agent network and reliable digital platforms, and a viable business for financial technology providers. This report shares key lessons from Grameen Foundation’s Community Agent Network (CAN) in the Philippines with respect to these areas.
Community Agent Network for Financial Services: An Agent Manager’s Guide to Key Performance Indicators
Grameen Foundation’ Community Agent Network (CAN) in the Philippines embodies a new approach to extending financial inclusion to people in poor, remote areas that is applicable across many countries. Combining a mostly female agent network with a digital financial services platform that connects people with banks, utility companies, government agencies, and other businesses it has enabled up to one million low-income people in the Philippines to benefit from formal financial services.
In the Philippines, more than three million coconut smallholder farmers supply a multi-billion dollar export industry. Yet, they are among the poorest households in the country. Grameen Foundation developed FarmerLink, using digital technology and field agents to provide farmers with complimentary resources: agricultural training, connections to high-value markets, support for organic certification, training in financial management, and access to financing.
Research by Grameen Foundation India on human-elephant conflict and attitudes toward conservation reveals main factors shaping people’s attitudes toward elephant conservation. With surveys that span 12 elephant corridors in seven states, the study finds correlations between conservation attitudes and levels of poverty and education, as well as gender. It identifies communication infrastructure that works best for both raising awareness of conservation and mitigating human-elephant conflict.
This month we’re celebrating the breakthroughs and quiet firsts of unheralded women. From Kankuri, who broke tradition by eating with her husband, to Samata, who is building a successful farming business to pass on to their children. And meet Josephine, who changed the way her family managed their health.