Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Financial Services

Low-income households and entrepreneurs need financial services to meet diverse business needs — savings, credit for working capital and investment, and payment services to carry out everyday commercial transactions. In addition, they and their families need access to diverse financial services (savings, credit, insurance, remittance and payment services, transaction accounts) for non-enterprise purposes — to invest in education and new skills; to build assets, such as homes; to smooth consumption when times are lean; to plan for weddings, funerals, births, and other life cycle events; and to help cope with the emergencies and other crises that beset poor households, including death or disability of a breadwinner, natural disasters, or war and conflict. A balanced mix of interventions that emphasize client-level asset accumulation and protection for the poor; building client-responsive, sustainable institutions; and helping microfinance providers exit from donor support can help to foster financial sectors that include, and address the needs of, poor people.