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Build Back Better with Microfinance

Reeta Roy | Posted 10.01.2012 | World
Reeta Roy

As the Haitian government and international donors work to put into place their post-earthquake recovery plans, creating economic hubs outside of ...

Microfinance among the Populists

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

Populist governments across Latin America are re-shaping the environment in which microfinance institutions (MFIs) provide financial services to low i...

A Voice from Nairobi

CARE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

by Lauren Hendricks, CARE In 2002, I attended my first MicroCredit Summit in Cote d'Ivoire. It consisted of a few hundred Westerners discussing how m...

Trickling Up the Ultra Poor Works

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Two billion people live on two dollars a day or less. Working with local partners overseas, Trickle Up first delivers basic business training and microloans for the ultra poor.

Microequity: A New Model for Financing Microentrepreneurship

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bhagwan Chowdhry

There are a number of attractive features of microequity over microloans. It is time for academics and practitioners to fine-tune the theory and the practice and explore the promise of microequity.

Buying local while working global

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Scott Gilmore offers a bet. With one phone call, the Ottawa native said he could get a trailer filled with bottled water shipped to the most remote co...

The Microfinance Vig

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Lewis

If the microfinance model truly requires high interest rates, is it an anti-poverty tool for the impoverished or a pro-profit tool for investors? What is a fair price for good credit?

Macro Problems, Micro Distractions? Grameen America expands to D.C., Bay Area

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

With Jennifer Kampe This year, Silicon Valley Bank, an investment bank whose clientele includes high-tech startups, life-science corporations, and pr...

Why are microfinance interest rates so high?

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

Americans often suffer sticker shock when they hear about interest rates charged in international microfinance. At annualized rates above 20 percent, ...

Faces Of Vittana

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

In developing countries, college can cost several hundred dollars per year -- and yet, if you don't have the money to go, you won't. There's no such t...

Nonprofit's New Approach Helps Small Business Worldwide

World Vision | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
World Vision

Unlike other sites where visitors lend their money to people in need, World Vision Micro allows visitors to underwrite a microloan for their chosen entrepreneur as a tax-deductible donation.

Roshan: Cell Phone Company Helping to Change Afghanistan

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Upon meeting Karim Khoja, C.E.O. of the Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd., also known as Roshan, Afghanistan's largest cell provider, I kne...

How much debt is too much? Microlenders want to know.

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Elisabeth Rhyne

When does a borrower cross the line from leveraged into losing it? Every borrower wants to avoid sliding into debt stress. Lenders, too, have a stake ...

Too Small to Fail: Domestic Microfinance, Real Help for Small Businesses and the Economy

Eric Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Weaver

Microfinance can and does work in the U.S. The loans are larger than in the developing world, and the businesses financed are different. But the impact on people's lives and the local economy is real.

Vittana: Forget $40K, Send Someone to College for $10

Kushal Chakrabarti | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kushal Chakrabarti

What if you knew in the 5th grade you'd never be able to afford college or do anything beyond high school? In most developing countries, student loans simply don't exist.

Another small success with

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Okay, check out A B C D .... We Need Books To Read! This serves an underfunded school in South Carolina, the deal being that several people funded t...

Fonkoze Helps Rebuild Haiti through Microfinance Following Earthquake

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

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

Microfinance USA puts Savings on the Table

Ben Mangan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ben Mangan

The nation's premier event on domestic Microfinance - Microfinance USA - opens here in San Francisco on May 20th. I have the privilege to speak on a ...

Capital for Global Anti-Poverty Businesses

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Lewis

Preachy rhetoric about free markets and globalization often overlooks the on-the-ground work that is needed to actually make markets work. Imaginary markets have failed the poor.

The Soul of Microfinance: Purpose, Poverty, Pitfalls and Redemption

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

The following are parts of a recent speech delivered by the head of the Microcredit Summit, Sam Daley-Harris entitled, "Purpose, Poverty, Pitfalls and Redemption."

If You Care About Peace, Now is the Time to Invest in Southern Sudan

Susan Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Susan Davis

BRAC USA aims to aid southern Sudan in the areas of microfinance, health, education and agricultural development. BRAC is now the largest microfinance provider in the country.

Investing in Haitian Women: A Hand-Up Approach to Rebuilding Haiti

Kari Stoever | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kari Stoever

While resources are critical to support emergency relief efforts in Haiti, the bigger challenges are in finding sustainable long-term solutions that empower the Haitians to rebuild their country.

In Haiti, Support Local Communities, Not Microcredit Agencies

Kasia Paprocki | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kasia Paprocki

Any significant shift of disaster-relief funds for Haiti to support microcredit programs as a strategy for rebuilding after the earthquake would be a misguided and potentially destructive decision.

Microfinance: Giving Kids A Little Credit Could Make Your Day

Sunny Mahant | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sunny Mahant

Could you imagine waking up at 6 a.m. every day and going to work for a 14-hour workday -- when you were eight years old?

Creating Hope and Opportunity in Haiti for Extremely Poor Women and their Families

Susan Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Susan Davis

After two years of support -- asset transfers, skill training and social linkages -- over 90% of our program women "graduate" into becoming successful microfinance members.