News and Updates

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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December 04,2013

Freedom from Hunger is proud to announce that Research and Evaluation Specialist Megan Gash has been awarded the 2013 SEEP Network Practitioner of the Year Award.

The SEEP Network is a global network of 130 international practitioner organizations dedicated to combating poverty through promoting inclusive markets and financial systems. SEEP represents the largest and most diverse network of its kind and comprises international development organizations and global, regional and country-level practitioner networks that promote market development and financial inclusion. -Read more here-

November 15,2013

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to our friends, our partners and their clients in the Philippines.

This past Friday, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines leaving a trail of destruction and suffering in its path. Typhoon Haiyan ranks among the strongest storms ever recorded.  The resulting devastation to towns and cities is unimaginable with countless communities laid to waste. Electricity, food, and safe drinking water are scarce and unreliable. Recent estimates show the storm destroyed in excess of 80,000 homes, leaving more than 582,000 people without shelter and nearly 4,400 dead. Tragically, this number continues to rise. Read more here.

October 24,2013

Freedom from Hunger and the Microcredit Summit Campaign have joined a global campaign to help 100 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty, as a first step toward ending poverty by 2030.

Initiated by the Microcredit Summit Campaign, the 100 Million Project is leading this global campaign and partnering with institutions around the world to develop “Campaign Commitments.” These Commitments are the pronouncements of those institutions dedicated to bringing about an end to poverty and outline how they will work towards that end with specific, measurable and time-bound actions. Together with 16 other Campaign Commitments, Freedom from Hunger and the Microcredit Summit Campaign are helping to make a major step forward in ending poverty entirely.

 

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