Microfinance

“Microfinance” is defined as – the field within financial services in which companies lend capital and provide financial services to low-income groups or individuals who do not typically have access to these services, in order to provide them with opportunity to become financially self-sufficient.

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Financial Inclusion: The Most Important Question for Business Leaders

It’s easy to read a stock ticker; how do we begin to discuss what things are worth?
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Why Stella Artois Wants You to “Buy a Lady a Drink”

Stella Artois “Buy a Lady a Drink” campaign opened last week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in a partnership with Water.org.
Most families in Maungu have no electricity or water. Providing small loans for items such as solar lamps and rain water harvesting tanks is one way that micro-finance organizations can experiment to better serve the poor.

Making the Case for Nonprofits in Microfinance

Microfinance has reached a stage in its lifecycle where it has become more stable as a financial inclusion tool, but with that stability…
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Wells Fargo, Grameen Foundation Partner to Expand International Volunteer Program

Wells Fargo is partnering with the Grameen Foundation's Bankers Without Borders to expand its international volunteer Global Fellows program.
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Michael Dell, U.N. Join Forces to Advance Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

The United Nations Foundation recently named Michael Dell as the Foundation’s Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship.
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Why Finance is (and Always has Been) an Important Sector for Impact Investors

If you were asked to guess which sector attracted the biggest proportion of impact investment, which would you say it was? If you…
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A Guide to the Different Forms of Impact-Backed Finance

Recent years have seen a burst of innovation in the social finance sector with impact investors putting capital behind many of the most…
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The Future of Investable Social Finance

With the beginnings of a track record to back up its claims, finance remains a solid bet for impact investors. The future looks…
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Kiva and Fair Trade USA Launch Innovative Loan Program for Small Coffee Farmers

This is part of a series on “The Future of Fair Trade,” written in collaboration with Fair Trade USA. A 501 (c) (3)…
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Microfinance Needs Better Policies to Safeguard the Environment

Many see microfinance as a solution to poverty. It may be a powerful tool, but what can it do to finally build the…
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Kiva Announces $400 Million Microfinance Milestone

Kiva's efforts to alleviate poverty and enhance economic opportunity around the world has come a long way in a short time. Leveraging "collective…
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Distributed Renewable Energy & Microfinance: A Potent Combination

A rural electrification program in Nicaragua highlights the cross-cutting advantages and benefits adding a microfinance element contributes to improving their viability and sustainability.
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4 Lessons the Sharing Economy Can Learn From Microfinance

The similarities between microfinance and the sharing economy together with the differences in their maturity level provide a great opportunity for the sharing…
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Asian Philanthropy Includes Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Giving

Last week, Give2Asia, a $25-million-a-year international charity, celebrated ten years of philanthropy. Over its history, the charity has given out $201 million in…
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Bottom-Up Innovation Gaining Traction

Some innovations that social entrepreneurs are bringing to the developing world would be extremely beneficial for us to adopt in the developed world.…