MPA partners with grassroots organizations to help them expand their microfinancing efforts. Although our partners have different approaches to offering people a hand up, they have many elements in common. We have come to see these shared elements as best practices, or “Microfinancing the MPA Way.” They are:
Small loans or pay-it-forward commitments offer access to a filter-plus-bucket system. As loans are repaid, funding is available to expand access to clean water.
Living loans of cows to subsistence farmers who have successfully trained and prepared their farms.
For post-fistula women we have piglet income projects and alternative income projects, and for pregnant women, we have ultrasound services for improved antenatal care as well as village health center income projects for sustainability.
Individual income projects, group projects, savings, table-lending schemes, small SACCOs
MPA supports access to financial services and education, and encourages partners with schools to include microfinancing in their curriculums through a unique and developing scholarship program.