Mother with her two children in her sewing business in India
Measuring Poverty Reduction

VisionFund is committed to measuring, evaluating and reporting on every aspect of our work to ensure the greatest social and economic impact for households and children. 

Poverty Probability Index  

VisionFund and World Vision are among biggest users and contributors to the Poverty Probability Index (PPI) in the world. At VisionFund, our loan officers ask our clients the 10 PPI questions every loan cycle, which help us determine whether we’re targeting the vulnerable households that need our services the most year after year. Using the PPI, we’re able to determine the likelihood of a client’s family being below the poverty line – and how we can provide the right products and services to give a helping hand out of the cycle of poverty. By interviewing the same clients over time, we can see if our clients are moving above the poverty line and into self-sustaining livelihoods.  

Nora with her youngest daughter shows the eggs she collects daily from her chicken pen in Bolivia.

Poverty Probability Index

The Poverty Probability Index (PPI®) is a poverty measurement tool for organisations and businesses with a mission to serve the poor. The PPI is statistically-sound, yet simple to use: the answers to 10 questions about a household’s characteristics and asset ownership are scored to compute the likelihood that the household is living below the poverty line.  With the PPI, organizations can identify the clients, customers, or employees who are most likely to be poor, integrating objective poverty data into their assessments and strategic decision-making.