Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
The MasterCard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. As one of the largest, independent foundations, its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion in order to alleviate poverty. Based in Toronto, Canada, its independence was established by MasterCard when the Foundation was created in 2006. For more information, please visit www.mastercardfdn.org or follow us on Twitter @MCFoundation.
To better understand the lives of Saving for Change members, Freedom from Hunger conducted an "impact stories" study to look at the life events, opportunities, program perceptions, food security and poverty levels of 32 members of different Saving for Change groups located in 18 villages across the northern region of Burkina Faso that were formed through the organization Association Solidarité et Entraide Mutuelle au Sahel (SEMUS). Individual stories have been written for each respondent who described her experience with the program in a holistic way, and the aggregate outcomes are described in this report.