Community Banks

Saving for Change–One Peso at a Time

Through the formation of cohesive savings groups, participants in our Community Banks program are building opportunity, strengthening social networks, gaining access to financial services, and assuring a more secure future for themselves and their families.

“Community banks are very good because we learn to save in a way that we couldn’t if we were just doing it on our own in our homes. With our rules and our savings box, we have responsibility and trust, and we are able to reach our savings goals.”

– Refugio, Member of Community Bank Los Cirios

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We are proud of our contribution to the global savings group movement – a movement that is made up of like-minded organizations and individuals who place an extremely high emphasis on collaboration. We work closely with both international and grassroots organizations to design methodology, to share lessons learned, to provide outreach, and to promote a program that truly changes lives. Our Community Banks program is stronger and better with the support of:

We believe that when people have access to appropriate financial education and services they are able to envision and create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.


When it came to designing our Community Banks program in BCS, México, we didn’t stand alone. Many people from the global savings groups sector offered us their time, expertise, and lessons learned. In that same spirit, sharing our resources, materials, and findings (the good, the bad, and the ugly!) allows us to “give back” and to do our part in innovating and evolving the work of ensuring that people everywhere have access to life-improving financial services. Our program materials are completely open-sourced; please download and use!

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