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Poverty Outreach in Fee-for-Service Savings Groups


This research paper shares findings from a large-scale Randomized Control Trial conducted in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The paper describes the poverty profile of community members that participate in CRS' Savings and Internal Lending Communities and shows that CRS is reaching the very poor. Additionally, communities that paid for SILC services through Private Service Providers achieved greater resilience than those that received subsidized support through the traditional field agent approach. This is the first research brief in the SILC Innovations series.

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Project Background—SILC and the PSP Model 1
Research Design and the PPIs 2
Descriptive Statistics on Outreach among SILC Members 2
Impact: Any Difference between PSP and FA Households? 5
Additional Research Background 6

Publication details

Author: Michael Ferguson
Publisher: Catholic Relief Services (February 2012)
Series: SILC Innovations
Brief: 6 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches

Posted on February 21, 2012

Reader Comments (1)

Dear CRS

Very interesting study indeed.

I wonder if there are differences in the performance of the groups, e.g. savings levels, share price, sustainability. Did you have a chance to look at that?


February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOle Dahl Rasmussen

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