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July 07, 2015

What coping mechanisms do poor households use in times of crisis? How do different financial services, particularly those designed to anticipate and respond to common household shocks, contribute to resilience? These were central questions of research conducted in Burkina Faso by Freedom from Hunger under CGAP's Customers at the Center Financial Inclusion Research Fund. A key component of this research was "resilience diaries," a seven month project with 46 women from rural households that seeks to understand how people manage their financial lives and bounce back in times of crisis...

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May 11, 2015

Built on a foundation of commitment savings, Savings Groups (SGs) provide basic financial services, social support, and a platform for learning and testing new ideas to poor people worldwide. With nearly ten million people—mostly women and young people—participating in some form of Savings Group, it is a highly effective, scalable, and sustainable instrument for engaging the ‘unbanked’ poor. Savings Groups are also proven to serve as an entry point for other development efforts, including food security, health, and women’s economic empowerment...

April 17, 2015

While recent research indicates that access to and use of microcredit alone is not transformative for the average client served (see “Where Credit Is Due”), there has been very little discussion about the types of indicators being used to measure “transformation” in the ongoing debates. In fact, it seems that we all have accepted the general findings...

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