Trying to summarize the work of a movement that stretches across the globe and includes thousands of institutions serving hundreds of millions of clients requires a host of helpers. We received 172 Institutional Action Plans in 2014 and relied on more than 43 individuals to verify this data. We recognize that, without their collaboration, there would be no report.
The following people provided interviews and/or written contributions for this report: Shameran Abed, Mariana Escobar, Syed M. Hashemi, Tara Nathan, Glynis Rankin, Luis Fernando Sanabria, and Muhammad Yunus. Alex Counts, Carmen Velasco, and Roshaneh Zafar reviewed a late draft and provided helpful suggestions that led to a stronger report. We are grateful for their input and for their ongoing contributions to the microfinance sector overall.
Microcredit Summit Campaign staff and interns have spent enormous amounts of time producing this year’s report. In particular, we wish to thank Camille Rivera and Sabina Rogers for their guidance of this project. Yanira García, D.S.K. Rao, and Despoina Sakoglou played a key role in the data collection. We also thank Fabiola Diaz, Sara Gailly, Jesse Marsden, and Xochitl Sanchez for their contributions. We are blessed each year in the quality of interns that support the Campaign; we wish to thank Karis Ailabouni, Marion Cosquer, Alba Donis, Sarah Elborai, Théo Fievet, Paul Gostomski, Barakah Ibisomi, Maeve McHugh, Anabel Ruiz, Kristin Smith, Despoina Sakoglou, and Carley Tucker.
Jeanne Gessa, Martha Martinez, and Soussane Mrini have translated the report into French, Spanish, and Arabic (respectively). Kristin Hunter copy edited the report, and we have Dawn Lewandowski to thank for the design and layout of the report. Virgilia Kasbarian designed the report website, and Julia Wall edited the videos. Yeshvanth Kumar and Apex Media helped with the data collection. We are grateful for their contribution to this effort.
The Microcredit Summit Campaign is grateful to those individuals and organizations listed inside the back cover of this report; without their financial commitment, reaching our audacious goals would not be possible. Citi Foundation provided the support necessary to bring this document to life. The Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) provided the funding to bring this report to our Arab speaking audience. We are truly grateful for their support.
Most of all we are grateful to the women and men who find ways to use financial services to support their journey out of poverty. It is their hard work, dedication, and resilience that we want to celebrate in this report. Our wish is that this report and the discussions it generates helps us better understand the challenges they face so that those working in microfinance and financial inclusion can provide the products and services that help make that journey easier.
This report is the result of the contributions and experiences of many people who shared them generously. The decisions about what got put in and what got left out were ours, and we take full responsibility for any errors that are found herein.
Larry Reed, Director
November 11, 2015
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