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Entries in microfinance case studies (10)

Tuesday
May142013

Protecting Malawian Children and Youth Through Social and Financial Entrepreneurship

Protecting Malawian Children and Youth Through Social and Financial Entrepreneurship   

This learning paper outlines the experiences and preliminary findings of a collaboration between Catholic Relief Services and Aflatoun. The program was designed to help strengthen the child protection function of Children’s Corners in Malawi.

Vulnerable children ages 6 to 18 years old received financial and social enterprise training. This training strengthened their self-confidence, taught them their rights and responsibilities and helped them develop practical skills for saving, spending, planning and budgeting.

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Monday
Jun252012

Leveraging Municipal Government Support for Agricultural Value Chains in Nicaragua

Until recently, municipal governments in Nicaragua have not considered agricultural development to be part of their institutional mandate. This has made it difficult for small producers to competitively engage in agricultural value chains. CRS and its partners created the Alliance to Create Opportunities for Rural Development through Agroenterprise Relationships (ACORDAR) project in 2007. Since then, ACORDAR has helped more than 3,000 Nicaraguan farmers achieve a 98 percent increase in sales and a 117 percent increase in net income.

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Wednesday
May252011

My Skills, My Money, My Brighter Future in Rwanda: An Assessment of Economic Strengthening Interventions for Adolescent Girls

To respond to the OVC crisis in Rwanda, CRS and our Caritas partners implemented a five-year program that provided caregivers and children a range of services: education support, health care and HIV education, protection, psychosocial support, food security and nutrition assistance, and economic strengthening. Interventions examined here include vocational training, savings and internal lending communities, biointensive gardens and small-animal husbandry.

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Wednesday
May252011

My Skills, My Money, My Brighter Future in Zimbabwe: An Assessment of Economic Strengthening Interventions for Adolescent Girls

This project was designed to improve the economic status, food security, health and psychosocial well-being of out-of-school (or at risk of being out-of-school) adolescents. The assessment evaluates three economic strengthening approaches: (1) vocational training, (2) Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools and (3) Savings and Internal Lending Communities.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Empowering Rwanda youth through savings-led microfinance

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) is a savings-led microfinance methodology developed by CRS to increase access to financial services for the poorest of the poor. This case study looks at CRS’ experience in introducing the SILC methodology to orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda in an effort to help them build successful businesses.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

The Kibara Mission Hospital HIV Project, Tanzania

Phase II: Savings and Internal Lending Communities

CRS Tanzania’s HIV and MF project was recently featured in the SEEP Network’s “Promising Practices” series. This case study describes the role that savings and internal lending approaches to microfinance has played in strengthening the economic wellbeing of HIV affected households.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Tying the Knot

A Guide to Mergers in Microfinance

An in-depth look at a merger process in Armenia in order to examine the pros and cons, explore the lessons learned, and articulate some guidelines for other MFIs that might be contemplating a merger or similar strategic move in the future.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Mergers in Microfinance

Twelve Case Studies

Intended as a companion resource to Tying the Knot: A Guide to Mergers in Microfinance. The twelve case studies presented here demonstrate that mergers are already taking place in diverse microfinance environments. While mergers may not be the solution for everyone and not all mergers succeed, there can be great value in building stronger institutions by linking up with competitors.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC)

The key to helping Zimbabwean youth overcome poverty

Engaging vulnerable youth in positive economic strengthening activities is critical in helping them develop the life skills and coping strategies required to meet their basic needs. This case study looks at CRS’ experience in introducing Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) to orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe through the Support to Replicable Innovative Village Community Efforts (STRIVE) project.

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Friday
Nov102006

Savings and Internal Lending Communities

A compendium of field experience with savings-led microfinance as an element in a holistic approach to community development.

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