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Pathways out of Poverty Case Study: Livelihood Pathways: Sequencing for Sustainable Market Integration of the Poorest

ACDI/VOCA; Grameen Foundation
Luckshmi Sivalingam
Kate Griffin
Institutional Sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development
Publication date: 
Sunday, January 1, 2012

USAID commissioned a series of case studies to examine interventions and approaches to creating pathways out of poverty that either “pushed” the very poor towards productive engagement in markets and/or “pulled” the poor into markets. This case study, written by Grameen Foundation, examines a strategy to design and implement an appropriate set of financial products and services to enable extremely poor clients in India to engage in productive, stable livelihoods. It highlights the importance of sequencing project interventions to increase incomes as well as the importance of addressing psychosocial constraints in addition to economic ones.