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.

America’s Nurses: Emerging Leaders of Sustainability

By Julie Graham  RN/PHN May 12 is internationally recognized as Nurses’ Day.  I thought it would be a fitting opportunity to recognize professional …
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A Common Language for Impact Investing

As graduate students pursuing MBAs in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School, we are advocates for the myriad possibilities for positive economic and…
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Banking the Unbanked: How Savings Circles Can Help the Poor Build Affordable Access to Capital

We are MBA business students at Presidio Graduate School studying the financial activities of low-to-moderate income individuals; in particular, we are studying systemic…

Taking the Entrepreneurial Plunge: Stories from the Social Venture Field

By Sara Herald One of the sessions at the Social Enterprise Symposium held at the University of Maryland last Thursday featured tales and…
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Venture Funding for Cleantech SMEs in Developing Nations

In light of KPCB’s record of investing in world-changing businesses and because the firm has recently embraced cleantech opportunities with the Greentech initiative,…
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Bangladesh Government Removes Mohammed Yunus As Grameen Bank Head

Earlier this month the Bangladesh government removed Mohammed Yunus as the head of the microfinance lender, Grameen Bank. Yunus founded Grameen Bank in…
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Woman-to-Woman Aid through Microfinance

The number of women within lending institution’s higher management has decreased over the past eight years, while the number of women receiving micro…
Mafuta Sasa's WVO to bio-diesel refinery, established in 2008, was the first of its kind in East Africa. Their goal is to supply a cheaper, cleaner, and sustainable alternative to petroleum diesel to Tanzania. Bio-diesel burns 75% cleaner, and costs on average 350 Tanzanian Shillings cheaper than petroleum diesel. Photo by Jonathan Kalan

The (BoP) Project: Turning Wasted Vegetable Oil into Fuel for Africa

By Jonathan Kalan, Founder of The (BoP) Project. This is the second installment from The (BoP) Project, a journey to discover, document, and…
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Why We Can’t Afford NOT to Invest in Haiti

By Gerald McSwiggan and Taryn Bird. McSwiggan is the head of the U.S. Chamber BCLC Disaster Assistance and Recovery Program. Bird is the head of…
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The Road to Sustainability is Paved with Greenbacks…and Euros…and Yen…

For readers that might have missed me over the last couple of months (Hi Mom), let me catch you up on where I…
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The (BoP) Project Photo Essay: KOMAZA

By Jonathan Kalan Four billion people on this planet live in relative poverty. While each of their situations are unique, most of these…
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Is Social Enterprise The New Cure For AIDS and Poverty?

By Peter Glenn As we commemorate another World AIDS Day, we have some cause for celebration.  UNAIDS reports that new infection rates have…

Borrowing from Facebook: New Directions in Microfinance

By: Brendan Rigby “The microlending movement that was supposed to help lift millions of people in India out of poverty has in recent…
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Microfinance Participants Refuse to Pay Following a Series of Suicides

The biggest hurdle to microfinance sustainability might not be its financial viability, but social acceptance. In reaction to local regulation changes, thousands of…
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Bottom of the Pyramid: Throw Out the Cookie-Cutter Investment Approach

By Abby Callard, Beyond Profit So, you have an innovative business model that you think will improve the lives of millions of people…