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Entries in Microfinance (59)

Friday
Oct052012

The Baldrige Model for Performance Excellence

  

This presentation outlines the key components of the Baldrige Model for Performance Excellence and its assessment methodology. It also presents the results for a microfinance institution in Burkina Faso and the lessons learned through the MISION Africa project.

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Tuesday
Oct022012

An Evaluation of Household Impact Among Fee-for-Service Savings Groups

An Evaluation of Household Impact Among Fee-for-Service Savings Groups

  

This paper shares findings from a large-scale Randomized Control Trial of households that participated in Savings and Internal Lending Community groups in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It compares households that used Private Service Provider savings groups and households that used traditional savings groups. This is the fifth research brief in the SILC Innovations series.

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Tuesday
Jul242012

An Analysis of Agent Earnings in Fee-for-Service Savings Groups

This paper shares findings from a large-scale Randomized Control Trial of households that participated in Savings and Internal Lending Community groups in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It looks at patterns in group payments. It also compares Private Service Providers’ incomes and field agents’ stipends. This is the fourth research brief in the SILC Innovations series.

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Tuesday
Jul242012

Group Performance in Fee-for-Service Savings Groups

This paper shares findings from a large-scale Randomized Control Trial of households that participated in Savings and Internal Lending Community groups in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It compares the performance of groups supported by Private Service Providers and groups supported by project-paid field agents. This is the third research brief in the SILC Innovations series.

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Tuesday
Jul242012

Agent Productivity in Fee-for-Service Savings Groups

This paper shares findings from a large-scale Randomized Control Trial conducted in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It compares the productivity of Private Service Providers and the productivity of project-paid field agents. This is the second research brief in the SILC Innovations series.

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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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Friday
Jun012012

Enhancing Horizonti's Mission and Performance Through the Integration of Social Performance Management

Horizonti is a CRS partner microfinance institution that provides financial services to the poorest and most underserved communities in Macedonia. In 2010, CRS awarded Horizonti a grant to enhance its performance through the integration of social performance management. This learning paper discusses the results.

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Tuesday
Feb212012

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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Friday
Feb032012

Banking With Mobile Phones in Haiti: A Report on a T-Cash Pilot Project

In 2011, Catholic Relief Services utilized T-Cash, a new mobile phone–based banking service. The initiative improved the speed, security and cost of beneficiaries' banking transactions.

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) – Voices from Africa

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) – Voices from Africa draws on the insights and field experience of many CRS microfinance practitioners, and captures promising practices in the emerging area of savings-led microfinance. The publication provides interesting highlights on the work of SILC as it links with other sectors in improving financial access to poor and marginalized households.  

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Monday
Nov072011

MUSO Plus

Kisa MUSO Plus la ye? Li yon fason nan yon kominote ka travay ansamn pou fe plis ekonomi, jwenn posiblite fe kredi, epi pemet kominote sila-yo gen tet kole ansamn.

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Tuesday
Sep062011

Uso de Vales para Ayuda en Emergencias en Guatemala

En mayo 2010, fuertes lluvias provocadas por la tormenta tropical Agatha ocasionaron deslizamientos devastadores de tierra en comunidades del altiplano e inundaciones en zonas costeras. Uno de los componentes centrales de este proyecto fue el uso de vales para apoyar la respuesta a la emergencia, una iniciativa que empodera a las personas y familias y fortalece los comercios locales.

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Friday
Jun242011

Using Vouchers for Emergency Relief in Guatemala

In May of 2010, CRS offered vouchers to Guatemalans who were affected by Tropical Storm Agatha. The voucher system allowed families to assess their own needs and purchase basic goods accordingly. It also helped support local economies.

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Monday
Jun202011

Harnessing the Power of Savings and Lending Communities to Drive Agroenterprise Development in Ghana

Cracking the Nut Conference: Overcoming Obstacles to Rural and Agricultural Finances

For smallholder farmers in Ghana, limited access to agricultural finance and quality agriculture extension support are the two most binding constraints to achieving increased production and productivity. They also struggle to find reliable and qualified agricultural extension support. This paper highlights an innovative strategy used by CRS to mobilize partners into small groups in order to improve their access to finance for agricultural investment through savings and internal lending communities (SILC) and enhance the outreach of extension officers without increasing their workload.  

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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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