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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Paupers to Partners: Co-Creation as New Framework for Base of Pyramid

By C. Sala Hewitt 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the equally venerated and vilified concept of “Base of the Pyramid” first proposed…
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India Mulls Tighter Microfinance Regulations

Andhra Pradesh's government is considering legislation that would curb lending rates and avert abuses that MFIs often undertake in recouping their loans. These…
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Can We Use Microfinance Networks to Go Beyond the Obvious?

Lindsay Clinton, Beyond Profit This is the second post in a three week long series from Beyond Profit and Triple Pundit that will…
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Can Capitalism Reach the Poorest of the Poor?

Abby Callard, Beyond Profit This is the first post in a three week long series from Beyond Profit and Triple Pundit that will…

Connected Capital: Leveraging the Web to Propel Large-Scale, Micro Impact Investments

Reporting from SoCap 2010: Convincing one wealthy donor to invest $50M to provide education loans to underserved individuals seems like a daunting task. …
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Power to the People Series: Researching the Clean Energy Market for Rural India

This post is the part of a special series on Clean Energy and the BoP leading up to the launch of the report “Power…
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Haitians Find Hope in Mobile Money

Haitians have endured a most excruciating year.  Recovery from the January earthquake has progressed far too slowly, funds promised for the relief effort…
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What’s Next Interview with Deborah Hirsh: The Hoop Connects Consumers and Producers

As part of our partnership with the Social Capital Markets Conference 2010, we are featuring a series of interviews with key conference participants. Don’t…
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Small Manufacturers Needed to Support Local Economies

Until about one hundred years ago, most of the products we used on a daily basis were manufactured close to our homes, including…
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Microfinance in America…Is The Paradigm Changing?

By Bryan Stubbs While not perfect, microfinance and Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) have been shown to be an effective tool in aiding mircoenterprises throughout…
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Banks vs. the New Kids: Microfinance in the United States

While microfinance has been a popular and successful tool in third world countries for more than four decades, the overt theme at the…
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The Changing Landscape of Microfinance

By Terry Provance, Executive Director, Oikocredit USA When Mohammad Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for creating the Grameen Microcredit Bank…
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Microfinance USA Conference Launches This Week in SF

By Bryan Stubbs If growing from a regional to a national conference over the course of a single year is any indication, next…
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Fonkoze Aims to Bring Sustainability to Lives of Haitian Women

“This is a once-only opportunity to build a whole new country from scratch, perhaps to offer something of the good wishes the new…

Opportunity Fund Responds to NYTimes’ Critique of Microlending

By Eric Weaver I was very excited to see the article in The New York Times questioning the business practices and transparency of…