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.

What Wells Fargo Can Learn from Microfinance

There’s a reason large banks routinely make the list of America’s least liked companies: they treat their customers with remarkable disregard. But banks…

Clean Cookstoves Attempt to Solve the Energy Paradox

Families on the margins face an energy paradox: Smoky, expensive energy sources strain finances and reduce wellness, leaving families less able to cope.…

How A New Micro-Loan Program in Haiti Strengthens a Responsible Supply Chain

Thread, which makes polyester from recycled plastic, is offering no-interest loans to suppliers in Haiti to assist with problems such as broken equipment…

Kiva Hopes to Raise $2M for Women Entrepreneurs By Midnight

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Kiva recently set a goal to procure $1 million in total loans for women entrepreneurs. The…

Productive Energy Use: A Catalyzer for Rural Energy and Water Access

Pico-solar lighting and solar home systems have proved themselves as revolutionary entry-level energy access technologies for low-income rural communities. These technologies have kick-started…

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?

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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)…

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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