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Why Women Entrepreneurs Are Underrated Investments -- And What To Do About It

Gina Harman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Women
Gina Harman

The White House State of Women Summit was an awe-inspiring gathering of more than 5,000 leaders in business, politics, and social justice activism all...

Ugandan Farmers Put Savings in a Digital Wallet

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 05.17.2016 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

The move to mobile in the savings and lending groups capitalizes on the increasing accessibility and use of mobile technology in Africa, even in some of the remotest areas.

Orphanages that hate orphanages

Bekka Ross Russell | Posted 05.09.2016 | Impact
Bekka Ross Russell

I founded and run an organization that includes an orphanage, and I hate orphanages. Just one of the many mind-bending situations you find yourself in when working in community development, halfway around the world.

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.

But Aren't Those Kids Broken? Poverty Porn vs. Reality

Bekka Ross Russell | Posted 03.31.2016 | Impact
Bekka Ross Russell

When I decided to spend most of a year living and volunteering in Tanzania, I said early on that I didn't want to do orphanage work. I love kids, always have, and for exactly that reason, I thought it would be too sad to be around traumatized, orphaned children. I couldn't have been more wrong.

The Story of Zidisha: Dramatically Reducing Microloan Interest Rates

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.31.2016 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

We started Zidisha in 2009 as an alternative to microlending platforms like Kiva, which partner with local microfinance organizations ("field partners...

Megan Tamte - A Dream Come True

Renata M. Black | Posted 03.16.2016 | Impact
Renata M. Black

Paradigm Shifters is a series of interviews with a select group of women and men from eclectic walks of life. It will highlight unspoken, real-life in...

Lynne Coté & Kimberly Inskeep : Women Empowering Women

Renata M. Black | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Renata M. Black

Paradigm Shifters is a series of interviews with a select group of women and men from eclectic walks of life. It will highlight unspoken, real-life in...

The Progress and Promise for Women Around the World

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 03.07.2016 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

Today, we celebrate the extraordinary progress and accomplishments of women around the world. Perhaps the most profound stories, however, are the on...

International Women's Day: A Day for Offering Opportunity

Kimberly Inskeep | Posted 03.30.2016 | Women
Kimberly Inskeep

On March 8, International Women's Day will be here again -- and while this is a prompt to celebrate all the great things women are accomplishing around the world, this year, I cannot help but have a heavy heart around a sobering message.

A Groundbreaking New Kind Of Tourism Makes Rural Mexican Villages Smarter, Stronger And Richer

Carly Schwartz | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
Carly Schwartz

I am sitting cross-legged on the floor of Mendoza's modest show-room, a cement shack painted yellow and stacked with blankets and tapestries for sale. About a dozen tourists from around the world sit in clusters around me, watching Mendoza's 80-year-old mother prepare the wool for spinning

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.org ...

How One Couple Baked Their Way Through Tragedy

Carly Schwartz | Posted 07.21.2016 | 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 07.16.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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 07.01.2016 | 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 06.24.2016 | 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 06.25.2016 | 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 06.17.2016 | 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 06.17.2016 | 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.