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Entries in Microfinance (58)

Thursday
Mar132014

WALA Malawi Fee-for-Service Delivery Channel: Savings Groups and Private Service Providers

  

CRS’ Private Service Provider (PSP) model helps ensure long-term, post-project availability of SILC services by preparing community agents to become independent private service providers. PSPs operate on a market-led basis by charging fees for services. This brochure gives an overview of how CRS’ Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program in Malawi is incorporating the model to ensure future sustainability of the project’s village savings and loan program.

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Thursday
Feb272014

Private Service Provider Implementation Manual

Private Service Provider Implementation Manual   

This manual provides step-by-step guidance to local organizations that wish to use the Private Service Provider, fee-for-service approach to implementing a savings group program.

The manual is divided into four modules:

  1. Project planning and agent recruitment
  2. Agent training and supervision
  3. Agent certification
  4. Organization of agents into sustainable networks

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Thursday
Oct172013

How SILC Members Use Their Money: A Study of SILC Fund Use in Zambia

How SILC Members Use Their Money: A Study of SILC Fund Use in Zambia   

There is much anecdotal evidence to suggest participation in savings and internal lending communities (SILC) helps members to meet key household needs. However, there is little information on exactly how members are using SILC funds and how these uses improve their livelihoods.

This product-use study provides insight into exactly how members are using the three primary SILC funds (loans, social fund, and savings at share-out), how these uses are affecting livelihoods and how SILC group members perceive the funds.

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Monday
Jul152013

Financial Education

Financial Education   

This 11-lesson financial education curriculum, part of CRS' five skill sets for rural development, has two main purposes:

  • To provide trainers with the tools to teach groups about financial management.
  • To help group members improve their financial and money management skills.

The curriculum is appropriate for development facilitators, field agents and SILC private service providers.

1. Introduction and Glossary (PDF, 496 KB)
2. Section I: Goals, Income, Expenses and Budgeting (PDF, 1.3 MB)
3. Section II: Savings (PDF, 973 KB)
4. Section III: Borrowing (PDF, 1.2 MB)

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Tuesday
May142013

Protecting Malawian Children and Youth Through Social and Financial Entrepreneurship

Protecting Malawian Children and Youth Through Social and Financial Entrepreneurship   

This learning paper outlines the experiences and preliminary findings of a collaboration between Catholic Relief Services and Aflatoun. The program was designed to help strengthen the child protection function of Children’s Corners in Malawi.

Vulnerable children ages 6 to 18 years old received financial and social enterprise training. This training strengthened their self-confidence, taught them their rights and responsibilities and helped them develop practical skills for saving, spending, planning and budgeting.

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Friday
May102013

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) Field Agent Guide

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) Field Agent Guide  

This guide describes how to establish savings and internal lending communities. The instructions are intended for two audiences: field agents and those who train and supervise field agents.

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Friday
Apr122013

Savings and Internal Lending Communities in South Sudan: How CRS Is Helping the People of South Sudan Protect Their Assets and Increase Their Income

Savings and Internal Lending Communities in South Sudan: How CRS Is Helping the People of South Sudan Protect Their Assets and Increase Their Income   

This brochure describes how CRS' is helping the people of South Sudan to protect their assets and increase their income through savings and internal lending communities.

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Tuesday
Feb192013

How the Catholic Church Has Innovated in Microfinance Programming to Benefit the Very Poor

Tom Shaw, CRS' Senior Technical Advisor for Microfinance, discusses how the Catholic Church has been innovative in microfinance programming to benefit the very poor, particularly in creating sustainable livelihoods and economic opportunities for women in an interview with Spirit Radio FM. 

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Thursday
Jan242013

Améliorer l’accès des populations rurales à la santé : Etude d’un programme pilote de microassurance santé au Bénin

Améliorer laccès des populations rurales à la santé : Etude dun programme pilote de microassurance santé au Bénin   

Ce rapport d’étude examine le projet pilote de micro-assurance santé (MAS) mené par CRS dans la région de l'Atacora au Bénin. Le projet pilote met en relation les groupes d'épargne matures avec une compagnie privée d'assurance.

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Thursday
Jan242013

Five Skill Sets for Smallholder Farmers

Five Skill Sets for Smallholder Farmers   

What skills do smallholder farmers need in order to succeed? The guides and videos in this site explain how to help farmers strengthen five skill sets to successfully engage with markets.

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Wednesday
Jan022013

Improving Access to Health for Rural Populations: A Study of CRS' Health Microinsurance Pilot in Benin

Improving Access to Health for Rural Populations: A Study of CRS Health Microinsurance Pilot in Benin   

This report looks at CRS' health microinsurance (HMI) pilot in Atacora, Benin. The pilot links mature savings groups to a national insurance company. The findings show improvements in costs, access, treatment and group solidarity.

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Wednesday
Nov072012

Self-Esteem, Self-Efficacy and Hope Among Vulnerable Adolescents Affected by HIV and Participating in Community-Based Savings and Lending Groups in Rural Nyanga District, Zimbabwe

Self-Esteem, Self-Efficacy and Hope Among Vulnerable Adolescents Affected by HIV and Participating in Community-Based Savings and Lending Groups in Rural Nyanga District, Zimbabwe   

Do adolescents who participate in savings groups have more self-esteem, self-efficacy and hope? Research in Zimbabwe suggests that yes, they do. Savings groups may provide a way for adolescents to address immediate financial concerns and build mental health resilience for the future.

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Tuesday
Oct092012

The State-of-the-Practice of Social Performance Management in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges

  

This presentation highlights the opportunities and challenges of social performance management among African Microfinance National Associations and the members of microfinance institutions.

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Tuesday
Oct092012

Redefining Sustainability: CRS' PSP–SILC Model

  

Savings groups are in high demand throughout the developing world. But what is the best way to ensure that everyone who wants to belong to a savings group is able to join one and receive the necessary support? This presentation outlines Catholic Relief Services' new approach, which utilizes private service providers who form and support savings groups on a sustainable, fee-for-service basis.

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Learn more at the 2012 SEEP Annual Conference

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Friday
Oct052012

The Baldrige Model for Performance Excellence

  

This presentation outlines the key components of the Baldrige Model for Performance Excellence and its assessment methodology. It also presents the results for a microfinance institution in Burkina Faso and the lessons learned through the MISION Africa project.

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