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Filipino Microfinance Institution Deploys SD-WAN to Boost Network Reliability and Improve the Lives of Women in Rural Communities

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Riverbed®, The Digital Performance Company™, today announced that Negros
Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF)
, one of the Philippines’ oldest
and largest microfinance institutions, is advancing the human experience
in the digital world through next-generation infrastructure
from Riverbed. The solution transforms the way NWTF connects its clients
to convenient, secure financial services, and to deliver a digital
experience on par with larger commercialized banks. NWTF is an NGO that
helps women in the country – particularly in rural communities – move
out of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency and self-reliance through
microloans.

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NWTF’s legacy network was challenged with limited growth, agility and
low digital performance; there was also limited visibility into what was
happening in the network – any changes to the network had to be done
manually, resulting in higher costs. As a result, the organization was
limited in its ability to expand its life-changing services to reach
women and communities that needed it the most.

The Riverbed solution provides NWTF with both SD-WAN and application
acceleration capabilities to drastically simplify networking, improve
visibility and control over IT infrastructure and accelerate the
performance of applications and digital services, resulting in
significant improvements in agility and user experience, while cutting
cost. Achieving a more stable, reliable and secure network has enabled
the non-profit to open more branches in rural areas with limited
connectivity, enabling them to reach more people in need of their
services.

“Connectivity in rural Philippines is spotty and unreliable at best –
only 40-45% of the communities NWTF serves has a stable internet
connection,” explained Raymond Serios, Assistant Director, Negros Women
for Tomorrow Foundation. “Providing our clients with access to
life-changing financial services required a fundamental rethink of our
network. We chose to partner with Riverbed on the journey because of
their market leadership as well as their simple, intelligent approach to
modern networking: combining the capabilities of SD-WAN, application
acceleration and visibility into a single solution and make it
incredibly easy to manage.”

NWTF employees, nearly 3,500 people, serve close to 450,000 clients, and
they operate in more than 150 branches across 10+ islands in the
Philippines. NWTF realized the necessity to give their clients in rural
areas secure access to convenient financial services, and also provide a
digital experience on par with the big commercialized banks – including
access to mobile banking digital services – in order to help them
achieve self-sufficiency.

“Beyond the technical benefits, the Riverbed solution and the support we
received from the team along the way have been instrumental in
empowering us in our mission to help lift our clients out of poverty,”
said Serios. “They were there every step of the way – from
implementation to support to traveling to the furthest corners our
operation to help us deliver an amazing experience to our clients.”

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