MSC developed a series of conversational comic books for microfinance institutions (MFIs) to inform their frontline staff members on safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. These comics have been customized for different geographies. You can access the country specific versions below.
Millions of low-income people across the world use ROSCAs as instruments of savings and credit. Since these people are susceptible to income volatility, ROSCAs give them the unique option to pursue a savings goal, as well as an opportunity to build social capital and creditworthiness.
Something to fall back on (Managing income volatility)
As part of the Hrishipara Daily Diaries Project, MSC tracked the income of a brick-breaker in Bangladesh to discover how he manages his household despite fluctuations in income that tosses his household in and out of extreme poverty.
The strange neglect of diversity within microfinance institutions
This blog is Dan Brockington’s highlights on how the branch performance in BRAC-Tanzania varies considerably and seemed to reflect the influence of strong or weak area managers. He notes that this diversity of performance within microfinance organizations matters—it has been neglected and this could cause problems later.
Micro-entrepreneurs and occupational hazards: Why do poor people settle for low-return employment?
In this blog, we highlight why the poor wish to engage in unskilled labor and petty trade by studying the records of respondents from low-income households in a “financial diary” research project in central Bangladesh.