Microloans Create Opportunities for Indian Women

May 14, 2013

Measurable transformation to 1.4 million families

India has the largest concentration of the poor globally, with over 840 million people living on less than $2 per day. Opportunity is achieving widespread impact in India through 14 institutions, including Growing Opportunity Finance, serving 1.4 million clients through 739 branches across 190 districts in 19 states.

  • Along with the challenge of extreme poverty, families in India are facing a health crisis. In response, Opportunity has partnered with several world-class partners to address India’s large-scale water, sanitation and hygiene crisis including Healing Fields Foundation, Water.org and MicroSave. This alliance is dedicated to improving access to safe drinking water, toilets and clean energy solutions.  
  • Dia Vikas launched Opportunity’s new Social Performance Management (SPM) program to measure client impact by tracking sustainable social change in the lives of clients. Dia Vikas is the only Indian microfinance practitioner with a proactive strategy to track social performance over time.
  • Currently in pilot stage, the SPM program tracks indicators around transformation for the families we serve including economic transformation over time, jobs created, increased access to water, sanitation and education, decreased vulnerability and increased empowerment. 



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Project Leader

Emily Engel

Oak Brook, Illinois United States

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