MFI exposure trip
Foster field learning
Grameen Foundation USA
More than one billion people are condemned to live on less than $1 per day. Such a crisis demands tangible solutions, and when put into practice on a wide scale, microfinance can help the poor escape poverty.
Lina, from the Philippines, was once a factory worker who got laid off in the wake of an earthquake that destroyed her workplace. Lina then started her own sweater manufacturing business with a loan of PhP 5,000 (USD $117) from GF partner TSPI, and she currently employs 45 workers who produce dozens of quality knit garments each week. Lina is now financially secure and is even able to give back to her community; she recently donated wood to help with the construction of a new local schoolhouse, and is proud of her ability to contribute. Meeting women like Lina and seeing how her local microfinance institution works to serve her and hundreds like her provides insight for best practices for the staff of other microfinance institutions. Your gift is the cost for staff of a local microfinance institution to make a field visit to another microfinance institution where they meet inspiring borrowers and learn how another MFI has solved common problems.