microfinance

The Bagepalli CDM Biogas Project involves the construction of approximately 5,500 two-cubic-metre capacity biogas digesters in households in the area (“Taluk”) of Bagepalli and other nearby Taluks in the Kolar District, Karnataka, India. The digesters, which utilise the dung of household cows, produce methane gas from the anaerobic breakdown of organic waste. The resulting methane […]

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In August 2009, TaTEDO signed a one-year contract with ETC Foundation to mainstream gender into the Upscaling Access to Integrated Modern Energy Services for Poverty Reduction (UAIMES-PR) programme. This contract was to implement the ENERGIA Phase 4 programme intervention strategy on Mainstreaming Gender in Energy Projects. Through this strategy, ENERGIA aimed to address the general […]

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Microfinance plays a significant role in providing sustainable livelihoods to disadvantaged groups all over the world. The provision of loans, savings and payment products for the underserved and unbanked populations is critical to promoting inclusive finance. Research shows that over 70% of beneficiaries of the financial inclusion agenda are women. The gender impact of microfinance […]

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This report explains the lessons learned and recommendations from GVEP Uganda’s loan guarantee and microfinance program. This loan guarantee program supports energy entrepreneurs and the expansion of access to modern energy. Key challenges for potential lenders include lack of collateral, high interest rates, and misconception of the loan finance. Challenges for the financial institutions include misunderstanding the loan guarantee and the lack of proper due diligence for granting loans. These challenges and recommendations to overcome them are discussed. 

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This document is about the important role of gender mainstreaming in the microfinance work conducted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). IFAD works to ensure that poor rural women and men are empowered to achieve higher incomes and improved food security. Rural microfinance is one way to work toward this goal. This guide is intended as an overview of gender issues for rural finance practitioners. 

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This paper identifies areas of opportunity where microfinance could play a role in fostering climate change adaptation, focusing on examples from Bangladesh and Nepal. On average, 90% of the clients of microfinance institutions are women. Therefore, this paper considers the role that microfinance institutions can play in the empowerment of women as well as community adaptation to climate change.  

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