Author Archives: Chris Dunford

Costs and Benefits of Microfinance Institutions Offering Health-Protection Services to Clients

In a recent post (# 69), I introduced the Microfinance and Health Protection (MAHP) initiative led by Freedom from Hunger with five microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, India and the Philippines. You can go back to that … Continue reading

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The Cost of “Extra Education” in Village Banking

“How much more expensive is a village banking program when extra education is added?” This is the business case question most often asked of practitioners of fully integrated Credit with Education—the “unified” type of the three integration types presented in … Continue reading

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The Business Case for Village Banking

So far in The Evidence Project posts, I have focused on what the evidence tells us about the benefits for clients. Even when I compared credit groups to savings groups (post # 16) in terms of the “net costs,” I … Continue reading

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What Does the Evidence Mean for Freedom from Hunger?

Over the past month, I have been asking whether the poor can become healthier and better nourished because of their use of microfinance services. Lynne Davidson Jarrell has provided us her summary of the main points of the six posts. … Continue reading

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Theme Six Wrap-Up: Better Health and Nutrition Practices & Greater Use of Vital Health Products and Services?

by Lynne Davidson Jarrell Lynne has graciously volunteered to summarize the posts under Theme Six, from her perspective rather than mine. Note that she points to the posts relevant to each topic she covers (the numbers are hyperlinks). Each post … Continue reading

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Results of the Microfinance and Health Protection Initiative

In 2006, Freedom from Hunger launched the Microfinance and Health Protection (MAHP) initiative (led by Myka Reinsch and Marcia Metcalfe) to test the feasibility and impact of offering microfinance clients not only health education but also access to health services … Continue reading

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Global Review of Impact Studies of Integrated Microfinance and Health Services

The last two posts (# 66 and # 67) described important research findings by Freedom from Hunger. For a broader global view of the effectiveness of integrated microfinance and health services, I turn to a couple of surveys done just … Continue reading

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Can Microfinance Improve Prevention and Treatment of Malaria?

We have seen good evidence (post # 66) that group-based microfinance can integrate successfully with education for mothers to improve their childcare practices; in particular, infant feeding and diarrhea management. Public health experts insist that this kind of intervention is … Continue reading

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Can Microfinance Change Mothers’ Health and Nutrition Practices?

Integration of group microfinance with various health and nutrition interventions has been the hallmark of Freedom from Hunger’s work for more than two decades. Neither the economic development field nor the health and nutrition fields have regarded this combination as … Continue reading

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Arguments For and Against Integrating Financial and Nonfinancial Services

There are many opportunities for “economies of scope” in serving the diverse yet interlocking needs of the poor, and many microfinance providers have seized these opportunities in various ways, summarized in my last post (# 64). However, far more microfinance … Continue reading

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