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The Business Case of Adding Health Protection to Microfinance

Christopher Dunford, Marcia Metcalfe, Myka Reinsch
Freedom from Hunger
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
June 1, 2010

Based on the experiences of Freedom from Hunger and its microfinance institution (MFI) partners in the Gates-funded Microfinance and Health Protection (MAHP) initiative, this paper documents the impact that health protection products can have on the financial performance of MFIs. In 2006, Freedom from Hunger set out with five MFIs—Bandhan (India), CARD (Philippines), CRECER (Bolivia), PADME (Bénin) and RCPB (Burkina Faso)—to explore whether it was possible to design and offer health-related products and services that could have positive social impact  for clients while also being practical, cost-effective and even profitable for MFIs.

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Oct 29, 2010   07:31

Its very nice and important site, its microfinance institution (MFI) partners in the Gates-funded Microfinance and Health Protection (MAHP) initiative,I like it.

 

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Mar 24, 2011   02:19

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