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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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'…

Microloan Interest Rates in Impact Investing

What's the story with interest rates imposed on the poor in developing countries?

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…

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…

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?