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Let's Empower Local Microfinance Solutions

Joyce Kim | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Joyce Kim

But as the tech world continues to develop sleeker financial technology, let's not forget about the potential for sustainable progress and pervasive change in microfinance, for the people who need it most.

Making It Better: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Fifty individuals and families have joined in, each giving $1 or more a day to support the grantees. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

Africa's Agribusinesses Must Look Beyond the Realms of Microfinancing

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais

Africa's farming communities are not yet entrepreneurs, but with focused investment and support, they are our biggest untapped asset. My gut feel is that 2015 will be another year of great transformation for the African continent, with our agricultural sector making great headway.

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.

5 Ways Low-Income Women Are Challenging Microfinance Paradigms in Latin America

Rosario Perez | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Rosario Perez

These realities underscore the important role that women, especially low-income women, must play in the economic growth of their communities.

Macro Impact Coming From Microloans in LA

John E. Kobara | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

I can't think of a better place to unleash this concept than in Los Angeles, where our future is being driven by small business entrepreneurs, especially immigrants. Los Angeles is a city of dreams. We have among the highest entrepreneurial activity in the country.

Progress and Education: This week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. All o...

Can Post-Ebola West Africa Go the Way of South Asia, From Aid to Enterprise?

Susan Davis | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
Susan Davis

The 10-year anniversary of the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami will find the world in a sobering situation. Conflicts in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere continue without apparent end, while the World Health Organization calls the Ebola outbreak in three West African countries "the most severe acute public health emergency seen in modern times."

3 Lessons on Financial Inclusion and the Sharing Economy

April Rinne | Posted 12.25.2014 | Business
April Rinne

Why is it that despite new technologies and widespread innovation, today's financial sector provides such ill-fitting products and services to so many people and leaves so many more entirely unserved? We are missing a huge opportunity for business, policy and society alike - a missed opportunity with lasting negative effects

An Important Day in the Fight Against Poverty

Vicki Escarra | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

The statistics often feel overwhelming especially when it's something as immense as ending global poverty and creating gender equality. But this is where we start; we start with one person, in one community -- and we're changing the world.

Empowering Rural Women, One Loan At A Time

Julie Abrahamsen Cornell | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Julie Abrahamsen Cornell

It is a bright, warm morning in rural southern Peru where women are streaming into the San Bernabe Health Center. As they enter, they are greeted warmly by the center's staff, then either head to the second floor to the bank, or remain on the ground floor to see one of several healthcare providers.

Families Rising Up: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Since January 1, 2013, through my work at the Pollination Project, I've been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world.

A Space Filled With Love and Hope in Haiti

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I have observed the Toy Library on many occasions during my trips to Haiti as CEO of Worldwide Orphans. The children walk in holding hands with the vo...

Microfinance: The Solution to Global Poverty?

Elise Sidamon-Eristoff | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Elise Sidamon-Eristoff

Microfinance has inarguably positive impacts on the individuals and families who succeed in adopting its dogma, however, the challenges that I observed illustrate several of the limitations on the scale of its potential impact.

Eight Ways to Knit A Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Lessons from Mbale

Maryann Akinboyewa | Posted 10.18.2014 | College
Maryann Akinboyewa

If anything, this summer taught me a thing or two about courage. The courage to follow one's own heart and intuition is what led me to go abroad in the first place. When I finally learned to move past initial discomforts, I found I really loved Uganda.

Genius in Microfinance - Reflections on Pancho Otero

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 10.12.2014 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

In a recent retrospective, Rich Rosenberg called Pancho Otero, the founding leader of Bolivia's Prodem and BancoSol, a genius. With Pancho's sudden de...

How Small Loans Mean Big Changes For Rural Women

Julie Slama | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Julie Slama

In most countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, poverty is concentrated in the rural areas, where approximately 125 million people live. The majority of the population is made up of self-employed farmers and small business owners who rely on their own hard work to survive.

Building a Better Model for Microlending

Venture For America | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Venture For America

I listened to representatives of some of the most reputable aid organizations in the world squabble over "territory" -- completely disregarding the fact that "territory" was referring to the people suffering from disaster just outside the air-conditioned trailer.

Portraits From Women In Zimbabwe

Patrick Hayes for Kiva | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Patrick Hayes for Kiva

I push the button and the black steel door slides across its tracks, revealing morning traffic and fallen rusty flowers.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.