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Resource Library / Integrated Health and Microfinance: Harnessing the Strengths of Two Sectors to Improve Health and Alleviate Poverty in the Andes

Author(s):
Marcia Metcalfe
Anna Awimbo
Andrea Del Granado
Lisa Kuhn Fraioli


The Microcredit Summit Campaign, Freedom from Hunger, and the Center for Health Market Innovations released a new report in January 2013 titled Integrated Health and Microfinance: Harnessing the Strengths of Two Sectors to Improve Health and Alleviate Poverty in the Andes -- State of the Field of Integrated Health and Microfinance in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, 2012.

This report synthesizes the primary learnings and conclusions shared within a community of practice for integrated health and microfinance in the Andean region.

Pioneering Efforts in the Andes

The microfinance sector in the Andes provides services to more than 7 million families, who represent 50% of the population in those countries. With data from 24 microfinance institutions in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, this report presents pioneering efforts to explore the integration of microfinance and health and calls for further studies and funding for integrated programs.

This report was written with kind assistance from: Amelia Kuklewicz, Freedom from Hunger; Ana Mejía, Alternativa, Peru; Caroline Hilari, Pro Mujer, Bolivia; Cristian Rivero, Emprender, Bolivia; David Montalvo, Consultor independiente, Ecuador; Iris Lanao, FINCA, Peru; Isabel Rueda, CRECER, Bolivia; Janett Palacios, CACMU, Ecuador; Jessica Delgado, Freedom from Hunger; Jose Loayza, PROMUC, Peru; Julie Ueijo, Freedom from Hunger; Luis Palacios, FACES, Ecuador; Luis García, Freedom from Hunger, Peru; Miguel Andrade, USFQ, Ecuador; Mónica Claure, CRECER, Bolivia; Nestor Castor, FINRURAL, Bolivia; Patricio Soria, COOPROGRESO, Ecuador; Sabina Rogers, Microcredit Summit Campaign; Soledad Ovando Green, Microempresas de Banco Estado, Chile; Vlady Chambi, ADRA, Peru.



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