As Ladies’s World Banking expands its attain globally, one fixed stays: girls place nice worth on—certainly they aspire to—having a secure place to avoid wasting, a mortgage in their very own identify and insurance coverage as monetary safety in a well being emergency. As one lady in Malawi so eloquently informed us after we requested her how she would really feel about having a financial savings account, “That might make us really feel very proud and our lives can be very completely happy on daily basis.”
In 2013, the ultimate 12 months of our three-year Strategic Plan, we introduced this sense of satisfaction to extra girls everywhere in the world. Within the final three years we now have accomplished 27 analysis research on the lives of low-income girls; reached 1.2 million shoppers in 24 monetary establishments with new merchandise; and educated greater than 200 leaders of economic establishments. We’re happy for example the impression behind these numbers all through the pages of this report.
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2013 introduced new alternatives to broaden our work on an unprecedented scale in Africa the place an increasing number of business banks are recognizing what Ladies’s World Banking has at all times recognized—the large market alternative in serving low-income girls. We developed a financial savings product with Diamond Financial institution, one of many largest business banks in Nigeria and started new relationships with business banks in Malawi and Tanzania.
Persevering with this theme of development, we introduced a number of modern merchandise to world scale in 2013. Ladies’s World Banking has lengthy believed within the potential of microinsurance to supply a worthwhile enterprise alternative for monetary establishments in addition to a important security web for low-income households in disaster. Our profitable Caregiver microinsurance product, first launched in Jordan, is increasing to Peru, Uganda, Morocco, and Mexico. Equally, youth financial savings, first launched in Mongolia and the Dominican Republic, has now expanded to India, Nigeria and Ethiopia, offering ladies and boys with an introduction to monetary training and to the facility of a financial savings account.
In fact these merchandise can’t be sustainable with out two important components, each areas the place Ladies’s World Banking confirmed development in 2013: monetary training so girls can perceive the merchandise they’re utilizing and powerful management within the monetary establishment to drive innovation to serve the ladies’s market.
We’re happy with the optimistic impression of our work in 2013. However we consider that lady in Malawi on daily basis—each lady deserves the monetary services and products that may deliver her safety, prosperity and dignity. Within the subsequent 5 years, we’ll present 5 million extra shoppers with these helpful monetary instruments. Please be part of us on this journey.