News and Updates

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.


August 16,2013

Originally published in: Microfinanzas, May 31, 2013 (Spanish).

On May 30, Freedom from Hunger hosted a forum in Lima, Peru on the integration of microfinance and health in the Andes. The event, entitled "Status of the Practice of Integrating Health into Bolivian, Ecuadorian and Peruvian Microfinance Services” was made possible with the generous support of the OikoCredit International cooperative, an institution that provides financial resources to various microfinance institutions organizations around the world. Read the translated article here.

August 01,2013

Freedom from Hunger is proud to be among 25 organizations sharing $1.5 million in grant funding through the U.S. State Department’s Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WEAmericas) initiative.

The WEAmericas initiative was launched by President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Summit of the Americas in April 2012. It leverages public-private partnerships to increase women’s economic participation in Latin America and the Caribbean by reducing barriers that women often confront when starting and growing small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). These grants are helping provide access to training, networks, markets and financing to promote economic opportunity and social inclusion for woman entrepreneurs in the Western Hemisphere.