Microfinance is a powerful tool in the fight against poverty and hunger, but the positive impacts of microfinance can be undermined when a client or family member falls ill, causing late payments or even default. This is especially true in very poor, rural communities, where people are exposed to more health risks and have few options for health care.
Since 1988, Freedom from Hunger has developed and promoted “value-added" or “integrated" microfinance programs that pair financial services with other important development services, such as education and health protection.
Integrated Approach to Health
Through partnership with Financial Service Providers and NGOs, women and their families receive a set of integrated services that promote and support good health.