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Women: The Champions of Microfinance

The role of women in the developing world is vital to the health and wellbeing of families. According to Muhammed Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank “money entering a household through a woman brings more benefits to the family as a whole.” When women are better off, households are more…...

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Rehashing the Basics

What is Microfinance? Making small loans to individuals that lack collateral and that are not able to take out a loan from a bank, credit union or other traditional financial institution is the purpose of microfinance. Access to banking systems and capital in the developing world is extremely limited and…...

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Webinar Series: Microfinance 101

The first in a series of webinars, Why Microfinance explores the importance of microfinance as a tool for alleviating poverty. Wisconsin Microfinance founder and president Tom Eggert explains what microfinance is and why we've chosen to employ it....

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Notes from the Philippines | Entry 5

Hi everyone! As we approach the end of our time here in the Philippines, we have had a lot to reflect upon. Looking back on the past two and a half months, we are very grateful for the people we’ve met, the places we’ve seen, the food we’ve eaten, and…...

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With Gratitude

Because of you… When an earthquake hit Sagbayan, Philippines in 2013, Jessica Basi’s store and home were completely destroyed, leaving her unable to continue her business. In the aftermath, many people with destroyed homes had to relocate to another barangay  (village), but her family decided to stay put, as they…...

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Notes from the Philippines | Entry 4

Hi (again)! Morgan and Natalia here. Part of our role here in the Philippines has been to help our local partners assess the impact of Wisconsin Microfinance loans by determining the changes in the beneficiaries’ quality of life over multiple loan cycles. Although WMF beneficiaries have maintained a high repayment…...

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Notes from the Philippines | Entry 3

Hi again! This week we are writing to you all from the island of Bohol. The island is in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines and approximately a two hour ferry ride from Cebu City. For those of you who don’t know, Bohol is home to all of WI…...

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