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Muhammad Yunus on How to Change the World: Do the Reverse

Ashoka | Posted 01.23.2017 | Impact

"The best advice I have for parents is to give your child space. Treat her like a full person right from the beginning."

How We Can Protect Smallholder Coconut Farmers in a Booming Industry

Whitney Gantt | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Whitney Gantt

Its proximity to the sea makes The Philippines extremely susceptible to natural hazards. On average, eight or nine tropical storms make landfall each year, posing significant risk to the national economy and to the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations. In 2013, for example, Typhoon Haiyan decimated 1.1 million tons of crops, including 33 million coconut trees, and wiped out the productive assets of coastal families that depend on agriculture, including coconut farmers.

Ending Poverty: There's an App for That!

Suzanne Skees | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Building on their legacy of leading-edge ideas, Grameen Foundation has evolved from funding microfinance to designing disruptive solutions to the kind of poverty that's most challenging to reach, in remote rural areas, and to the poorest of the poor.

7 Techniques on How to Tell Real Stories That Will Make People Connect With Your Mission

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

How do you make people CARE about your mission? This is what I do every day: I work with nonprofits to tell stories that make people care about their...

Giving Birth in a Graveyard

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Bent over a wood-fired oven, drying the fish her husband caught yesterday, 29-year-old Leticia Sam blinks the smoke from her eyes, one hand stoking the fire, the other holding her swollen belly. Expecting her fourth baby, Leticia lives atop an old graveyard piled with trash, strewn with crumbling cinderblock homes.

What You Never Realized About Rural Poverty And Your Food

Julie Peachey | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Julie Peachey

Of the 7 billion people on earth, 1.3 billion people farm the food and raw materials we consume. Despite being our "most valuable citizens," a disproportionate number of farmers suffer from the consequences of poverty.

Poor Women Need More than Just a Pink Mobile Phone

Hillary Miller-Wise | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Hillary Miller-Wise

In recognition of International Women's Day, March 8, 2014, we'd like to challenge mobile operators, NGOs, government and others to radically rethink the way that we allow poor women to benefit from mobile technology.

For African Farmers, Talk Is Cheap But Information Is Priceless

Katy Wilson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Katy Wilson

Despite problems in the delivery, the value of this information cannot be overestimated. Information is crucial if farmers are to boost lagging productivity seen in much of sub-Saharan Africa, engage more with markets and adapt to coming challenges.

Mobile Phones and the Rise of the Microentrepreneurs

Alex Counts | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Alex Counts

A simple and widely available tool -- the mobile phone -- is creating substantial impact in the developing world, changing the lives of low-income individuals, especially in rural communities.

Yoga Gives Back Around the World

Leslie Hendry | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
Leslie Hendry

76% of India's population lives below the poverty line, while $6 billion is spent each year on yoga in the U.S. "With $25 a month, a struggling woman can start her own business, or a child can go to school. For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life."

WATCH: Celebrate The Technologies That Aid Moms In Need

Kate Otto | Posted 03.18.2012 | Impact
Kate Otto

As Americans gather on Sunday to honor our mamas, we should also be celebrating "MAMA," a new global health initiative launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

An Update on the Muhammad Yunus Situation

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vivian Norris

Supporters of microfinance around the world stand in support of Dr. Yunus and are doing their best to help resolve this situation.

Grameen Foundation: Microfinance Helping People in Real Ways

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The deal with microfinance is that it means loaning the poorest of people - most often women - to fund small businesses. This benefits women like Tse...

Grameen Foundation Helps People Help Themselves

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Here are three ways you can help the poorest people in the world who typically live on less than one dollar a day and are based in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

Aid Groups Help World's Poorest With Cellphones

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

More international aid groups are turning to mobile technology to solve global poverty, the Washington Post reports. "Mobile penetration is at almos...

The World's First Hip-Hop Microfinance Music Video

Fred Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Fred Graves

As an intern for the Grameen Foundation, I was excited at the chance to combine my passions for microfinance and for hip-hop music. The result is the first hip-hop microfinance music video.

The Impact of Microfinance: Grameen Foundation Provides a Primer

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

Moderate results are disappointing if you were expecting microfinance to cure poverty. But they are just what you'd expect if you think microfinance is about bringing financial services to people who never had them before.

Fonkoze Helps Rebuild Haiti through Microfinance Following Earthquake

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jim Luce

Unprecedented Collaboration Assists the Most Vulnerable In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, January 23, an unprecedented joint NGO-military operation ...

Haiti and Synchronicity

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Vivian Norris

In the same way that the Blue Helmets maintain peace, we should urgently create Red Helmets at the United Nations scale to organize the humanitarian action.