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New Approaches to Smallholder Lending

February 12, 2018
Agriculture is the main source of income for much of Kenya's population, yet, many smallholder farmers lack access to financial systems. WOCCU developed a toolkit to support farmers' financial needs in Guatemala, Mexico, and Kenya.

Savings Groups Empower Refugee Girls

February 26, 2018
Youth savings groups promote positive asset building and introduces girls, boys, young women and men to the elements of personal finance, entrepreneurship, and life skills. 

Farewell, Microlinks; Hello, Marketlinks

March 1, 2018
What is changing besides the name? We have a great new look with improved functionality, easier navigation by topics, and a more effective search. And… we’re finally mobile friendly! Hello, Marketlinks.

An Introduction to Pay-for-Results in Development

March 8, 2018
With the growing need to “do more with less” and demonstrate results when using development dollars, pay-for-results is a compelling solution — one which USAID and other donors will inevitably want to see more of.

Not Too Poor to Invest

March 21, 2018
With support from the Cooperative Development Program (CDP), Equal Exchange set out to answer if small farmers are really too poor to invest. In 2010, the CDP and Equal Exchange began working together with six farmer organizations in Latin America building member investment and savings programs.

Market Systems in Start Up: Learning for Innovation

March 22, 2018
This blog outlines three innovative strategies the Feed the Future Mozambique Inova Activity used to establish a culture of learning within the project team and between the project and its partners to promote the internalization of market systems principles.

Pathway out of Poverty: Two Challenges, One Solution

April 20, 2018
By helping dairy cooperatives add a health cooperative product, with support from USAID’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP), HealthPartners were able to identify a single solution that addressed challenges in rural Uganda.