Microfinance is the provision of sustainable financial services to the poor, including credit, savings, guarantees, insurance, transfer payments, remittances and other transactions.

Microfinance seeks to extend the financial market to a wider segment of the population, including young people and women. It is also seen as an instrument for reducing poverty and social vulnerability, and therefore translates fundamental ILO values into action: it opens up opportunities for better livelihoods, fosters solidarity and empowers the working poor.

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Interview with Mr Robert Christen

Interview with Mr Robert Christen

President and founding member of the Boulder Institute for Sustainable Microfinance. Read More


Enterprise, Microfinance and Local Development

The Enterprise, Microfinance and Local Development Programme uses the knowledge base of the ILO globally to design academies, courses and training packages. Training courses and academies focus on disseminating good practices and sound methodologies. Training draws on the expertise of the global team of ILO enterprise development and social finance specialists.

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