Searching with a thematic focus on Finance policy, Microfinance, Poverty, Rural poverty

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    Making women’s work visible: finance for rural women

    Women's World Banking, 2014
    Globally more than one billion women have no interaction with a bank or financial service provider. Rural women face unique challenges and limitations. They have, on average, lower levels of literacy and education than men, and generally have less freedom within households and communities.
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    Spotlight on publications: Latin American microfinance

    Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2013
    The following selection of documents presented in this Spotlight some of the key publications focusing on the microfinance sector in Latin America.
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    Innovations as response to failures in rural financial markets

    Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2006
    Commercial banks will not lend to the poor and to microenterprises. The unflattering profile and lack of assets of the poor pose serious challenges to profit- maximizing financial institutions. High transaction costs make provision of small loans very costly and information asymmetry increases the risk in lending.
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    Impact of microfinance on rural households in the Philippines

    Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2008
    This paper reports on the impact evaluation study of the Rural Microenterprise Finance Project (RMFP) in the Philippines. RMFP aimed to support efforts of the Government of the Philippines to strengthen rural financial institutions by assisting organizations that employed the Grameen Bank Approach (GBA) in providing credit to the poor.
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    The impact of the global financial crisis on rural and microfinance in Asia

    Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
    Using data from a quick survey of various rural (RFIs) and microfinance institutions (MFIs) in East Asia, the paper tries to find out how those institutions and their clientele have been affected by the global financial crisis, how they have coped with the ongoing crisis, and what they plan to do in the future to ensure the stability of the rural financial system and the continuing access of cl
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    Gender and Rural Microfinance: Reaching and Empowering Women - A Guide for Practitioners

    Innovations in financial services, particularly in microfinance, have enabled millions of women and men in rural areas who were formerly excluded from the financial sector to gain access to financial services on an ongoing basis.
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    Expanding microfinance in Latin America’s rural areas

    Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2013
    Rural finance has the potential to help poor people out of poverty, and Latin America has met that challenge in some unique ways.This Brief by discusses impacts of microfinance’s in rural areas, presenting evidence on rural poverty as well as on microfinance’s positive effects on consumption and investment in education.
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    Final Impact Evaluation of the Saving for Change Program in Mali, 2009-2012

    Saving for Change (SfC) is a community savings group programme designed and implemented by Oxfam America, Freedom from Hunger, and the Strømme Foundation. SfC operates in 13 countries in West Africa, Latin America and Asia.
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    Delivering integrated services to the rural poor: Pro Mujer’s Feria product in Peru

    Pro Mujer, 2010
    Pro Mujer is an organisation in Latin America supporting women with loans, healthcare and training. This is the first of a new series called: Product Innovation Notes, communicating lessons from their New Markets project. This issue reports on the Feria Product.
  • Organisation

    Pro Mujer

    Pro Mujer is an international women’s development and microfinance organization whose mission is to provide Latin America’s poor women with the means to build livelihoods for themselves an