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“My Turn to Speak: Voices of Microfinance Clients”
This report summarizes & analyses the key findings, across four comprehensive country reports.  

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What’s Happening

  • New rules a fillip for microfinance sector

    September 2016, Myanmar

    Microfinance lenders have broadly welcomed regulatory changes that will help them to increase equity and satisfy the huge demand for credit.

    RECENT REGULATORY changes are set to spur growth in the microfinance sector, industry sources have told Frontier, although the full impact may not be felt for some time.

    Myanmar’s microfinance institutions are starved of equity and this restricts their ability to meet demand for loans. In 2012, the United Nations estimated that unmet demand for credit was more than US$1 billion.

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  • Statement on SPM Collaboration and Updated SPM and Client Protection Standards

    August, 2016 – Washington, D.C.

    The drive towards meaningful social performance management (SPM)—a systematic way of doing business that keeps customers’ best interests at the center—is one of the most important developments in the financial inclusion industry. Multiple stakeholders have been collaborating since 2005 to develop useful tools and approaches for SPM. Those stakeholders are the Smart Campaign (producer of the Client Protection Certification Standards); The Social Performance Task Force (producer of The Universal Standards for Social Performance Management); and CERISE (producer of the SPI4 social audit tool).

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Meet the Certified MFIs

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BRAC, Bangladesh

BRAC started its microfinance activities in 1973 issuing its first micro-loans to a group of fishermen in rural Bangladesh. BRAC soon shifted its focus to poor women, who presented a stronger social investment. By organizing women together into groups, it could use the group platform as a way of communicating information about other social issues such as health, human rights and educating children.

Today BRAC’s microfinance program in Bangladesh serves over five million people, through a wide range of financial services.

Certification Awarded August 2016

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