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Entries in Microfinance (59)

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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Monday
Jan312011

Boosting income of rural families to meet basic needs in Central America

CRS is working with partners to help rural families increase their income and improve their diets in remote areas of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua through the Agriculture for Basic Needs Project.

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Friday
Jan212011

Saving and Internal Lending Communities: An Approach for Improving Life and Wellbeing of PLWHA and OVC

CRS/Rwanda has integrated SILC across programming in projects such as agriculture, health, nutrition and HIV & AIDS since 2005. Recently, 942 SILC groups saved a total of $128,473 and provided $34,463 in loans to help members meet household and productive needs.

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Friday
Jan212011

Best Nutrition Practices Promoted by Community Health Volunteers for PLWHA and OVC

Malnutrition is not always due to food unavailability but is often the result of misutilization as people may not be sufficiently educated about how to maximize their nutritional status. Ibyiringiro is a five-year project that is focused on food and nutrition intervention for PLWHA and OVC in Rwanda.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Facilitating Financial Linkages for Smallholder Producers in Nicaragua

This paper highlights the role that CRS and its implementing partners have played in creating effective linkages between financial service providers and smallholder producers in Nicaragua.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

How Savings-led Microfinance has Improved Chickpea Marketing in the Lake Zone of Tanzania

Organizing farmers into groups allows them to bring together their production to create sufficient volume of product for interested buyers. This paper looks at how savings-led microfinance has helped farmer groups in Tanzania successfully address the challenges they face.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC)

The key to helping Zimbabwean orphans, vulnerable children and youth

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) are helping youth in Zimbabwe develop basic skills in financial management. Youth participating in SILC are also learning to appreciate the importance of saving for emergencies and investments. This poster outlines how the SILC process works and how it is being used by youth in Zimbabwe.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Increasing Savings and Solidarity among Households with Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rwanda

This learning paper looks at linking the Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) methodology with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) programming in Rwanda. CRS Rwanda introduced SILC to help households headed by OVC to build financial assets and complement current OVC programming, with the intent to provide OVC households with reliable and safe financial services as well as an avenue for basic financial education.

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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

Mobilizing Savings for CAURIE-MF Clients in Senegal

Documents the experience of CAURIE-MF, a CRS partner in Senegal, during the design and launch of its new savings product. CAURIE-MF’s clients have been saving diligently for many years but the institution did not have the proper license to mobilize, manage and on-lend their savings. Now legally registered and licensed as a deposit taking institution, CAURIE-MF has able to launch a new savings product which has resulted in significant growth in both its portfolio and the number of clients it is able to serve. The paper shares key successes, challenges and lessons learned during the roll out of this new savings product.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Developing Agriculture Loan Products for Poor Rural Communities

Examines key lessons learned by Metemamen MF, a microfinance partner of CRS Ethiopia, during the pilot testing of a new loan product designed for rural poor farmers. The paper shares the experience of the microfinance institution as it worked with CRS’ agroenterprise initiative to design financial services for farmers engaged in white pea bean production.

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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

Checklist for an Internal Audit

Structured guidance to facilitate assessment of operations at a microfinance institution (MFI). Intended especially for new internal auditors, but also useful to experienced staff as a reminder of of important systems and procedures to review. Not intended as a definitive document to replace an MFI’s own internal audit analysis. Instead, it should be adapted by its users to fit their specific processes and regularly updated.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Review of MAGI Assessment Experiences in South East Asia

Documents the findings and lessons learned from eleven CRS-managed MAGI organizational assessments of partner microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Southeast Asia during 2003 and 2004. The MAGI tool was developed at CRS to assess the institutional strengths and challenges facing MFIs and is an integral part of the CRS LINKS organizational learning/capacity strengthening process for partners. The report goes on to discuss components for institutional strengthening plans based on the MAGI findings.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Understanding Information Needs for MFIs

Introduces the concept of an information systems needs analysis, provides a detailed description of the analysis process (including basic project management techniques), and describes the optional companion needs analysis template provided to help the end user conduct and document his or her institution’s analysis. (First of two guides.)

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