Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
It has been noted that many anti-poverty programs, notably microfinance, fail to reach the poorest of the poor. This study reports the results of a randomized evaluation of a program designed to reach this demographic, assist them in establishing a reliable stream of income and "graduate" them to microfinance. Our results indicate that this particular intervention, which includes the direct transfer of productive assets and additional training, succeeds in elevating the economic situation of the poorest. We find that the program results in a 15% increase in household consumption and has positive impacts on other measures of household wealth and welfare, such as assets and health.
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