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Netherlands’ Repair Cafes Curb Consumerism

A repair cafe is a place you take your old, broken-down items, buy a cup of coffee, and get your things fixed so that you can continue using them.

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Interview: Jeff Stewart, Lenddo

Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm started in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Since 2004, the firm has invested close to $500 million in both non-profit and for profit ventures, all of which have a stated mission to catalyze social, economic, and political change. We’ve written about many of the companies that Omidyar has … Continued

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Interview: Ned Tozen, D.Light

D.Light is a company we’ve covered more than a few times here on 3p. In a nutshell, the company makes inexpensive, durable solar lighting designed for sale in poor off-grid communities around the world. Their product sounds like an easy sell. It lasts a long time, it’s clean, and most importantly pays for itself.

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Impact Investing Done Right: No Shortcuts to Social Change

When it comes to impact investing, too often the financial goals are forgotten as investors focus primarily on putting money into a cause without considering the real social value of a modest return. Earned capital can be recycled back into the cause or taken for profit, making a greater long term impact while benefiting the investor.

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Interview: Chuck Slaughter, Living Goods

For the second time this week, I found myself presented with the “Avon model” of product distribution in Africa. This time, Living Goods’ founder Chuck Slaughter did the talking. Living Goods mission is “Empowering micro-entrepreneurs to deliver life-saving and life-changing products to the doorsteps of the poor”. In a nutshell this means they’re basically a wholesaler for goods that are currently hard to get a hold of in developing countries – and which also have the potential for “high impact” in terms of improving people’s lives.

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Where Does Your Cash Sleep at Night?

A HIP investor investigates their bank or credit union: how it functions, where customer funds are loaned or invested, how it can benefit your community.