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February 26, 2014

Originally published on The Next Billion Blog on February 26, 2014

The debate about the contributions that microfinance is making to global poverty alleviation is an interesting one. But it’s also getting a little tedious.

We are all disappointed that microfinance has not, as the popular culture has promoted it, proven to be the “silver bullet” for poverty alleviation. If, however, we challenge ourselves to really understand (and be transparent about) the strengths and limitations of microfinance, and begin to think about it as just one part of a more comprehensive package of development services, the debate (and potential for impact) becomes much more interesting.

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February 19, 2014

Originally posted in the Huffington Post on February 18, 2014

Healthy workers not only feel happier, they work more productively to earn higher incomes for their families. Freedom from hunger, an integrated-services microfinance provider, has led the way in connecting their clients to affordable healthcare. We check out a clinic in Juliaca with Irene, Sabina, and Mery to see how the plan works in real life. Part 3 in our 5-part series from Peru. -Read More-

December 13, 2013

At the October 2013 Microfinance Summit Campaign’sPartnerships Against Poverty Summit in Manila, Philippines, Freedom from Hunger CEO Steve Hollingworth joined his colleagues on the Microfinance CEO Working Group in issuing a commitment to promote financial services that serve the poor with quality products and services, transparency and client protection.

Together, the eight member organizations—Accion, FINCA, Freedom from Hunger, Grameen Foundation, Opportunity International, Pro Mujer, VisionFund International and Women’s World Banking—represent more than 250 microfinance institutions in 70 countries and provide financial and non-financial services to more than 40 million families.

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