An estimated 1.7 billion adults lack access to formal financial services, and women are disproportionately excluded. In addition, at least half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services, and low-income women are more likely to lack access to basic healthcare.
GP funds aim to empower women and enhance the economic resilience and health of households living in poverty by investing in partners that deliver gender-informed financial and educational services, alongside access to basic health services.
WHO IS SERVED?
The target demographic is female microentrepreneurs living on less than $5.50 PPP/person/day.
WHAT IS DELIVERED?
Clients must receive:
- Small-to-medium size working capital loans, often delivered through group lending; AND
- Basic financial literacy; AND
- Access to health information & services.
May also receive:
- Access to savings;
- Loans delivered using other methodologies tailored to women’s productive use needs;
- Advanced business training;
- Follow-on specialized treatment;
- Access to essential medicines.
WHY IS IT IMPACTFUL?
Households experience the outcomes and impacts outlined in WCFE
Household health improves because with access to health information and services women are empowered to:
- Adopt healthier behaviors;
- Practice prevention;
- Seek and receive timely & appropriate treatment.
 The World Bank, The Global Findex Database 2017, https://globalfindex.worldbank.org/
 World Health Organization, Primary Health Care on the Road to Universal Health Coverage: 2019 Monitoring Report, https://www.who.int/healthinfo/universal_health_coverage/report/uhc_report_2019.pdf?ua=1