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July 15, 2016

Author: Bobbi Gray

In this blog piece, Bobbi Gray, Freedom from Hunger Research Director, shares how we have to balance the science of research with our “hearts”—the information we collect from the women we serve that moves us to action. She shares what we’ve learned about how gender-dynamics in the household can impede women’s use of services designed for their use, with a specific focus on domestic violence, and draws our attention to how “hard” and “soft” data need to be used in tandem for designing products and services as well as measuring impact of our work.

July 15, 2016

Bobbi Gray and Megan Gash, Research Directors at Freedom from Hunger, summarize key findings from their research on understanding and building household resilience in Burkina Faso. In this blog, they highlight four papers where they explored what differentiates resilient and non-resilient households, what product designs are necessary to help households financially prepare and respond to household shocks, how health savings and loan products can help build household resilience, and they share a case study on the barriers faced by poor women in accessing some financial services.

July 06, 2016

One of the challenges that families face in seeking and receiving adequate medical treatment across the world is that of health financing. Basically, how do they pay for treatment when they need it?

In Ecuador, with the generous support of Visa- NetHope, Freedom from Hunger has been piloting a health credit card —basically a line of credit to cover health costs. Families can use the card at a variety of qualified health establishments. In this article, we share the lessons we have learned in piloting and expanding a portfolio of financial tools that people can use to respond to inevitable health costs.