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Micro Financing Africa

Win-Win Solutions: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

From a project that creates viable work for formerly incarcerated women, to a youth farming initiative that cultivates nutritious fruit to sell, these grantees are bringing financial security to the most vulnerable people in their communities.

Local Solutions: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we started, 50 individuals and families have joined us, each giving $1 or more a day to support grantees in 55 countries. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

"Building Our Future," From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 05.15.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"Wasted Potential," From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"Upwardly Mobile," From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"The Travelers' Oasis," From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"The Fish in Kenya Are Not Educated", From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"Diversifying Strategies", From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"Fragile Lives", From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"Some Courses Come From the Heart", From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

Art in the Midst of Land Mines, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

The Seed Supplier, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.13.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

The Indomitable Mobile Payments Entrepreneur, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.06.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

To University By Donkey Cart, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.27.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

The Medical Supplier of Sacre Coeur, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

Pioneering Green Technology, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

By Faith Shop, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

Surviving Cancer on $1.58 Per Day, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

At the time she received her first Zidisha loan, Aida Sow was a robust young mother, full of ambition for the future of her two preschool-aged children, Ndeye Marie and Ousseynou.

An Ageless Family Man, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

The other day Wajoshua was personally fixing one of the many atrocious roads that leads to the school, throwing heavy rocks out of the path and carrying bags of sand and gravel to replace them. I am continually amazed by how much energy he has to do these things.

Milling Maize for the Maasai, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

John Mopel Napais hails from Kenya's Maasai Mara, whose endless savannas are home to a mostly nomadic population.

The Village Technology Hub, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Eliud Mathu is a young entrepreneur who created a multi-service technology boutique in a small village in the rugged mountains of Kenya's Rift Valley. He used a Zidisha loan of $536 to buy a computer and a scanner-printer for the boutique.

A New Bill Gates, From Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities faced by the the aspiring middle class in the world's least developed countries.

The Village Matriarch, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Serah Wanjiku Mukuria works at the Mugaa Village Secondary School, a rare rural high school nestled in the highlands of Kenya's Rift Valley, as a secretary (many people affectionately call her "Madam Secretary") and also takes care of her farm and animals.

Madame Ndeye Bineta Sarr, The Fashion Creator, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Julia Kurnia

West Africa is famous for its vibrant traditional clothing, and many women in Dakar make a living from sewing traditional dresses. Yet in this competitive market, Ndeye has carved out a niche for herself thanks to sheer artistic genius.