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This Entrepreneur Raised $9.2M to Bring Banking to Underserved Areas

Jason Choi | Posted 04.01.2016 | Impact
Jason Choi

Single mothers running small stores, struggling to buy their children school uniforms as they work long hours to make ends meet. That was the image that stuck with Matthew Flannery when he was in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya more than a decade ago.

Grantmaking Through the Eyes of a Human Rights Activist in Uganda

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In Summer, 2015, one of The Pollination Project's East Africa Team Members, Fraide "Fremma" Emmanuel, visited over 20 of our grantee projects across U...

Christina Wilkie

In America's Payday Loan Capital, Innovative Microcredit Helps Break The Debt Cycle

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. -- To drive down Ellis Avenue, just off the interstate, is to visit a paradise of easy money. Along a four-block drag of fast food join...

How to Build an Entrepreneur

Chetna Vijay Sinha | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Chetna Vijay Sinha

The most striking aspect of working with impoverished women is how much they can teach you. Listen to them carefully and they will show you how to take uneducated, illiterate women and create entrepreneurs.

Side-stepping the Law of Unintended Consequences

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Stefan Simanowitz

The problem of the unintended consequences that can happen when we try to effect positive change is the subject of a new book published this month.

Reaching the Hardest-to-Reach: Financial Services for Overlooked Populations

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

The growth of microfinance solutions to address pressing development challenges has brought many of the world's formerly "unbanked" into formal financial systems.

Finding a Way Home: The Situation for Young Afghan Returnees

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

It is clear that the scale and complexity of problems facing refugees necessitates long-term political commitment in Afghanistan in order to bring about sustainable transformation for refugees.

Kiva vs. Zidisha: Three Common Myths

Julia Kurnia | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Some time ago the President of Kiva, Premal Shah, posted a thoughtful response to my article Zidisha vs. Kiva Zip. (His comment was originally posted...

Filipino Entrepreneurs Share Stories of Typhoon Recovery

Jomay Liu | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Jomay Liu

It's been six months since Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, tore through the Philippines and displaced 4 million people.

Microcredit Impact Revisited

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

While the technical arguments might seem arcane, the underlying question of the impact of a development intervention is an important one.

Micro-Business Is the Backbone of the U.S.

Claudia Viek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Claudia Viek

Investment in the micro-business field is less than 3 percent of what's invested by venture capitalists. Most efforts to help entrepreneurs are focused on high growth businesses.

Growing Democracy: Lessons From Ghana

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

The clues are there: Democracy stands a chance when leaders in emerging economies can see their way to subordinating ethnic, religious and class differences and put the economy first.

The stuff heroes are made of

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Here is a story that deserves to be shared. Sammy Kanja is a founding member of Zidisha's online microlending community in Kenya. He used his earlie...

When Doing Good Is Good Business

Vivian Norris | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Vivian Norris

Now there is a generation of students, who in the past would have attended top business schools such as Harvard, HEC, INSEAD, and LSE, who are looking for more from their careers than simply bringing home a large paycheck. They want to give back from the start.

Analogue to Digital: Alternative Banking by Kenya's Poor

Yen To | Posted 09.05.2013 | Impact
Yen To

Kibera sits at the margin of Nairobi, a concentrated sight line of rusted corrugated roofs and bustling heaps of humanity pressed up against the immac...

'Soon We Will Visit the Museum to See Poverty'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Many leaders and philosophers say we should end poverty, but through his visionary innovation, tireless hands-on work, and dogged unwillingness to accept it, Dr. Muhammad Yunus has made ending the cycle of poverty a reality.

"The Last Mile" from Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories

Julia Kurnia | Posted 08.14.2013 | 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...

4 Microfinance Solutions For Slum Dwellers

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.08.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Microfinance -- the provision of credit and other financial services to micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses that lack access to mainstream bankin...

"It Takes a Very Special Heart" from Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories

Julia Kurnia | Posted 07.31.2013 | 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 Answer to Unemployment Is More Europe Not Less

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Vivian Norris

Beyond more focused EU spending is also the responsibility of business to help bring down youth unemployment by showing what they have to offer Europe in order to make the transition from school to work flow more smoothly.

"Continuing Education" from Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories

Julia Kurnia | Posted 07.24.2013 | 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...

"Ripple Effects" from Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories

Julia Kurnia | Posted 07.17.2013 | 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...

"The Right Tool Makes All the Difference" from Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories

Julia Kurnia | Posted 07.10.2013 | 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...

"What It Takes to Survive," From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 07.03.2013 | 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...

"An Enterprising Student," From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 06.26.2013 | 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...