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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Can Lipstick Eradicate Poverty?

Direct sales of lipstick can be a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty, according to the findings of a research from the…
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The Case for Investing in Women

Women invest in their communities, which leads to increased financial growth and social opportunities for members of those communities.
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Give Money, Get Impact, Save Taxes – the Power of Social Entrepreneurs for Your Portfolio

Can charitable $ be recycled? In the words of famed venture capitalist John Doerr of KP, can you “write one $10M check and…
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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…
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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…
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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'…
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Microloan Interest Rates in Impact Investing

What's the story with interest rates imposed on the poor in developing countries?
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My Two Cents on Impact: Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about why I want to become an impact investor and why I chose MicroPlace as my…
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My Two Cents on Impact Investing

I’m not loaded, by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have enough savings to do something useful with, so I’ve decided…
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Micro-Credit Sector Scandal Reinforces Need for Impact Investment Standards

Impact investment is at a crisis point: Clean up now or lose credibility. How can they meet the challenge?

The Current State of Microfinance (and Why it Needs an Overhaul)

The following post is part of the course work for “Live Exchange” the foundational course on communication for The MBA Design Strategy Program…
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Moving Past Controversy: The Future of Microfinance

It’s been a tough year for the image of microfinance. Mohammud Yunus was removed from his Nobel Prize winning Grameen Bank in March…
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Video Interview: How Microplace Moves Users Beyond Giving

As generous as human beings are, an investment instrument will almost certainly bring more dollars than philanthropy. Can we direct this flow of…
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Thriving Microfinance Sector Strengthens Colombia’s Economy

Nearly 50% of Colombia's 46 million citizens live below the poverty line. Microfinance organizations such as Colombians Supporting Colombians (CAC) are giving budding…
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What the Folks at the Bottom of the Pyramid Can Teach Us

There was an article in Harvard Business Review last week by Deepa Prahalad entitled “Design Lessons from the Consumer at the Bottom of…