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Thanksgiving: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.26.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

From Shari Jones' project to bring vegan nutrition education to South Central LA, to Terrance Ransom's Oakland, CA-based project to help kids heal from grief and loss through video games, this week we are proud to support another crop of seeds of change in our world.

Engines of Change: Thankful for Women Entrepreneurs

Vicki Escarra | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

Day in and day out, women entrepreneurs around the world fight to rise against natural disasters, legal oppression and economic downturns. They continue to be the single greatest untapped resource in this world.

Why One Mexican Farmer Got Her Whole Town Hooked On Worms

Carly Schwartz | Posted 10.14.2015 | Green
Carly Schwartz

Domitila has been fascinated by working with the earth since she was a young girl, growing up in a Mazahua indigenous community nearby. There, she says she spent her childhood learning how to grow her own crops.

Twenty Years of Women's Financial Inclusion

Gayle Gatchalian | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Gayle Gatchalian

The types of financial services that low-income women are able to access have also changed. In 1995, we were still promoting the idea that low-income women entrepreneurs were optimal loan clients. Today, financial institutions are offering savings, microinsurance, digital financial services to rural families, women who work in factories, and women who run larger businesses.

One Thing You Can Do to Give Back to Teachers

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Craig Newmark

Okay, the deal is teachers in lots of schools never get a break, and that's often true in schools that serve military families, too. DonorsChoose.or...

How One Couple Baked Their Way Through Tragedy

Carly Schwartz | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Carly Schwartz

The smell of melting butter and baking dough wafts through the town of Tetela. Two neighborhood boys amble up to Miguel and Irma's front gate, pressing their noses in the spaces between the metal. "Ya tienen pasteles?" one of them shouts excitedly. Are your pastries ready?

Small Loans Mean Big Opportunities for Women in the Philippines

Maura Hart | Posted 07.16.2015 | Impact
Maura Hart

As small business owners in the Philippines, these women often do not qualify for traditional loans and other commercial banking services. They look to nonprofit financial institutions like Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) for financial services that are specifically designed to help them build their businesses.

New Three-Year, $1.8-Million Partnership With MetLife Foundation Will Create Jobs, Transform Lives in China

Vicki Escarra | Posted 07.09.2015 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

Keeping families together is one of many reasons why it's so important to promote businesses in rural China. A thriving business environment reduces poverty and creates jobs in the community so no one if forced to leave home to find work.

Why long term financing must not be short-changed

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Co-authored by Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, World Bank Director of Research, joined the WBG in 1989 and has a distinguished record undertaking research and a...

The Fabric of Healthy Communities: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week The Pollination Project honors people around the world who are helping their communities address some of their most basic needs. From a women-run business in Nigeria, to school gardens in Tanzania and Uganda, and a creative rebuilding effort in Gaza, Palestine, these grantees are showing us how small local initiatives really do make a difference.

Clay Water Brick Illuminates and Inspires the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Us All

Greg Woodburn | Posted 06.25.2015 | Books
Greg Woodburn

Clay Water Brick is an engaging, worthwhile read equally applicable to Sustainable Development Goals policymakers, bootstrapping entrepreneurs, and those searching for ways to pay forward their passions in life.

Forget Your Bank -- Here Are Four New Sources of Capital You Probably Didn't Know

Gene Marks | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Gene Marks

Sure, all the traditional means of raising money are still there. And approval rates at big banks and institutional lenders have hit new highs according to a popular monthly credit index report. But banks and those traditional financing options are no longer the only game in town.

Opportunities for Microfinance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Geri Spieler | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Geri Spieler

A burgeoning market for micro financial institutions (MFI) is set to take hold. The Sub-Saharan African low-income market is set to explode by 25 percent in 2015. Currently 863 million people live in 47 countries.

Get Capital to Main Street to Create Jobs, Revive Communities

Connie Evans | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Connie Evans

As the still fragile U.S. economy cranks out new jobs, with concerns that a jolt from a world event or higher interest rates could spark a slowdown, much of the public and private sectors have ignored the potential of the nation's smallest businesses to help fuel economic growth.

Building Resilience: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The Pollination Project celebrates the courage it takes to forge a new path, to try something new, to go against the grain and create a new paradigm for a community.

The Neurology of Lending

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.02.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Microfinance is a psychological enigma. It is not in anyone's economic best interest to lend money to strangers without getting anything in return. Without interest or guarantee, what is the motivation to take on such financial risk? It seems more akin to charity than to banking. Is it? The fact is that we don't know the neuropsychological underpinnings of such selfless lending.

Mobile In Microfinance: Not Just Mobile Payments

Heather Franzese | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Heather Franzese

We use mobile technology to reach invisible populations like factory workers, farmers and, most recently, microfinance borrowers. In the last four years, mobile penetration has continued to skyrocket.

The Hard and Necessary Work of Investing in the World's Most Vulnerable Places

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

When I first visited Afghanistan in 2002, the country was boldly opening a new chapter in its history. Ashraf Ghani was Minister of Finance, the Taliban had been toppled and the initial pillars of a democratic government were being put in place.

How Live Below the Line Provides Education for All

Vicki Escarra | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

Live Below the Line helps us shine a light on the most effective way to raise communities out of poverty: education - getting, and keeping, more kids in the classrooms across the world.

Small Business Not Neutral on Net Neutrality

Claudia Viek | Posted 06.27.2015 | Business
Claudia Viek

Main Street, back street, home-based business owners, freelancers, mompreneurs, Etsy artisans - all should hail the decision by the Federal Communications Commission to regulate Internet providers as utilities and fight to keep the newly published rules intact.

When Doing Well While Doing Good Could Be Bad For You

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Inclusive business, or business that pursues opportunities in traditionally unattractive market segments, ought to be a strategic imperative for corporations and investors.

As The Celebration Of Women Moves On, Let's Leave No One Behind

Rosario Perez | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Rosario Perez

Poverty and health are intrinsically linked, yet the tools to combat them are frequently out of reach for poor women. More times than not, they find themselves in a constant cycle of scarcity -- scarcity of money, support, health and stability.

Hopeful Horizons: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.10.2015 | 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, over 50 individuals and families have joined in, each giving $1 or more a day to support the grantees.

3 Ways to Serve Asia and the Pacific's 'Unbanked'

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 05.17.2015 | World
Stephen P. Groff

To ensure ongoing economic growth in Asia and for the poorest to have a chance to benefit from the region's growing prosperity, we must prioritize bringing financial services readily and cheaply to the "unbanked".

Compassion Around the World: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Just over two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world.