Microfinance month

Women in the Central African Republic participate in a Village Savings and Loan Association. Photo: Jenny Vaughan/Mercy Corps.
Women in the Central African Republic participate in a Village Savings and Loan Association. Photo: Jenny Vaughan/Mercy Corps.

We're celebrating microfinance month!

Activities at colleges and universities

Some of our favorite organizations and individuals working to improve microfinance's impact:

  • CGAP
    The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor is an independent policy and research center dedicated to advancing financial access for the world's poor. It is supported by over 30 development agencies and private foundations who share a common mission to alleviate poverty. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP provides market intelligence, promotes standards, develops innovative solutions and offers advisory services to governments, financial service providers, donors, and investors.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Financial Services for the Poor Initiative
    The initiative helps poor people access a range of safe, affordable financial tools. Through supporting distribution channels, researching financial systems and innovating savings products, the Gates' initiative is delivering quality savings accounts and other financial services to the doorsteps of the poor.
  • SEEP Network
    The Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network, the largest association of microfinance and enterprise development organizations worldwide, enables microfinance networks and associations to connect, collaborate, set standards, and share knowledge.
  • David Roodman, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, whose recent book, Due Diligence: An Impertient Inquiry into Microfinance and blog, Microfinance Open Book Blog, have added significantly to the debate about microcredit. For a quicker read, he gets to the bottom of five microcredit myths, from both supporters and detractors, in “Think Again: Microfinance,” in Foreign Policy.

Global Envision's most recent articles about microfinance

And of course, Microfinance at Mercy Corps, our parent organization. Click to read inspiring stories from around the globe.

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