Innovation at VisionFund
Innovating new products and ideas is key to staying ahead of financial inclusion trends, so we can serve our clients’ specific needs in the fight against poverty. Learn more about our pilot programs across the world, from providing ‘missing middle’ finance in Myanmar, to providing credit for irrigation systems in rural Africa.
Disaster Recovery Lending
By providing more loans during times of disaster, VisionFund is helping communities recover their livelihoods faster and stronger.
Refugee Finance in the West Nile, Uganda
VisionFund Uganda is assisting host and refugee populations access financial inclusion products in a world-first pilot program.
Innovating for Inclusion
Three new types of loans – Water, Education and Irrigation – are driving new ways for our microfinance institutions to respond to our clients’ needs with custom-made product design.
Savings Group Linkage Loans
Our new lending practices are enabling savings groups to increase their credit size for sustainable economic growth.
Small and Growing Businesses
Serving the ‘missing middle’ is helping to grow economies of scale amongst small business owners, by providing larger loans and business training.
Replacing manual and paper-based systems with cutting-edge technology means serving more clients more efficiently.
State of the Practice: Savings Group Linkages 2024 Report
The 2024 State of the Practice Report, a groundbreaking study in the realm of financial inclusion, delineates the contemporary landscape of linkages between informal savings groups and formal financial services. Conducted as a follow-up to the initial Banking on Change partnership ecosystem mapping in 2016, this report is based on interviews with 46 practitioners across various sectors, unveiling a shift from the original Linkages 1.0 model to the more complex and diverse "Linkages 2.0."
VisionFund Malawi Impact Survey for Saving Group Loans
To evaluate the targeting and efficacy of the program, an initial study was conducted in Malawi to determine whether we were reaching the intended client group and whether the microcredit product had the intended impact. Research organisation 60_Decibels conducted the survey; responses were collected between June and July 2021 from 357 participants, 88% of them women. A follow-up survey will be done December 2021.
Contextual and Financial Assessment of Savings Groups in West Nile, Uganda
The assessment report includes results and business opportunities in West Nile that merit providing financial services to host population and refugees, especially in those areas where there is currently limited or no presence of formal financial institutions.