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FinDev Blog

Who Do You Trust? Building a “TrustScore” for Savings Groups

DreamStart Labs explores how to incorporate member-driven assessments into credit scoring through their app.
FinDev Blog

The Path to Financial Inclusion Must Include Saving in Small Groups

The sector needs to transition from the idea that financial inclusion means borrowing (and sometimes saving) in a financial institution and give more power to informal savings through the millions of groups that already exist.
FinDev Blog

From Humanitarian Assistance to Economic Resilience in Yemen

CARE shares results and lessons from adapting their Village Savings & Loan Association (VSLA) model to crisis settings to help extend access to financial services to some of the most underserved communities in the world.
FinDev Blog

How Do Savings Contribute to Financial Health?

A meta-review leads to two mental shifts in approaches to savings research.
FinDev Blog

Sharing the Risk: “Micro Equity” for Savings Groups

DreamStart Labs is re-thinking assumptions about how to design solutions for people in emerging economies, starting with a new product which aims to distribute risks more fairly.
FinDev Blog

The Power of Community-Based Organizations to Mobilize Farmers’ Savings

A Scale2Save project in Cote d’Ivoire shares what they’ve learned working with farmer cooperatives as financial agents.
FinDev Blog

From Ideation to Iteration: Human-Centered Design of Micro-Savings in Nigeria

LAPO Microfinance Bank learned five important lessons from their experience using a human-centered design process to revamp their child savings account product.
FinDev Interview

How an Ethiopian MFI Has Kept Its Focus on Savings in the Face of Great Challenges

Teshome Dayesso, co-founder and CEO of Buusaa Gonofaa, discusses his MFI's savings journey and the challenges they have faced over the past year due to the pandemic and political uncertainty.
FinDev Blog

Going Digital Is Not Enough to Reach Scale

More radical organizational change - in the form of self-management - is needed to solve microfinance’s optimization problem. 
FinDev Interview

What the Pandemic Taught Us About Savings

Muktinath Bikas Bank offers eight different savings products, specially designed for rural and low-income people in Nepal. The 2020 European Microfinance Award winner shares their experience with savings from before and during the pandemic.