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Initiative

Women-Centered Finance with Health

THE CHALLENGE

An estimated 1.7 billion adults lack access to formal financial services, and women are disproportionately excluded.[1] 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.[2]

THE OPPORTUNITY

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

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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.

 

[1] The World Bank, The Global Findex Database 2017, https://globalfindex.worldbank.org/

[2] 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