In the article below, Lisa Kuhn Fraioli recounts some experiences in the field and her reflections on pro-poor outreach:
Sometimes seeing is the first obstacle
to better outreach to the poorest.
In my work with microfinance organizations around the world, I have noticed that efforts to serve more poor people can stumble on the very first step: seeing them.
One experience in particular stands out from my experience with a very well-meaning MFI whose staff claimed that there were not poorer clients or women to whom they could lend.