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Social Entrepreneur Creates Dairy Jobs Where No One Else Dares to Go

Suzanne Skees | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

These days, Lokesh works in rural villages where life has stood still for centuries: no paved roads, no electrical wiring, and no plumbing. There are also no real jobs.

A Microfinance Whistleblower Tells the Painful Truth

Tom Devine | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business
Tom Devine

A new whistleblowing book by British microfinance expert Hugh Sinclair exposes a particularly painful truth: What has been promoted as a charity structured to empower the poor in fact is camouflage for heavy-handed loan sharking that regularly victimizes its so-called beneficiaries.

The Course And Success Of The Economy Belongs In All Of Our Hands

Premal Shah | Posted 09.16.2012 | Small Business
Premal Shah

It is difficult to know how any one of us can make a difference in any of our nation's most troubling problems. But, what if the money stored in our wallets had a new purpose, even just for a short amount of time?

Fallout of a Crisis: The Future of Microfinance in India After Andhra Pradesh

Jessica Gage | Posted 09.03.2012 | World
Jessica Gage

While the Andhra Pradesh crisis caused significant changes and challenges within the Indian microfinance industry, the general consensus seems to be that the introduction of regulation into the sector is productive.

G20 Leaders' Plan To Bring Financial Services To Poor

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

We need continued product and business model innovation so that we can reach more people with a broader range of products at lower costs. What is needed instead is a variety of financial service providers that create an ecosystem that serves the poor profitably.

Using Both Heart And Head To Help The Sahel

Tim McCully | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Tim McCully

As we watch a devastating drought unfold in the Sahel for the third time in less than a decade, putting millions at risk of hunger, it occurs to me that perhaps the international community has been responding to these crises over the years with a lot of heart, but maybe not as much head.

Microfinance Creates Resiliency In The Sahel

Alisha Rodriquez | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
Alisha Rodriquez

As international development practitioners, we realize that food-based responses, while immensely valuable for basic survival in times of crisis, are not always the most effective in promoting sustainable, long-term recovery and resiliency.

How Small Loans Can Save Entire Families In The Sahel

Nicki Fleuhr-Lobban | Posted 08.22.2012 | Impact
Nicki Fleuhr-Lobban

Access to financial services for the rural poor provides an important tool that can help women and their families be resilient in the face of drought and conflict and respond to health shocks and other uncertainties.

Microfinance in the Slums of Mumbai

Jessica Gage | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
Jessica Gage

The slum communities are densely packed, with winding paths that have no street names, let alone house numbers, and so although Nilesh has spent time in these neighborhoods, he must often rely on the local residents to be pointed in the direction of the next client.

A Better Future For The Congo: Developing The Next Generation Of Congolese Fathers

Kadita Tshibaka | Posted 06.15.2012 | Impact
Kadita Tshibaka

My greatest challenge as a father has been the moments of terror when my children were gravely ill, and we thought we were going to lose them. It happ...

How Renewable Energy Solutions Reduce Poverty Around the World

Peter Bosshard | Posted 08.06.2012 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Renewable energy solutions are not only good for the environment. If done well, they can pay for themselves and reduce poverty around the world.

Yes, Microfinance Does Work. Here's How...

Kadita Tshibaka | Posted 09.06.2012 | Impact
Kadita Tshibaka

There's no doubt that the global problem of poverty and its solutions are complex, which is why the microfinance industry needs to approach them with eyes wide open and insist on transparency and results.

Will College Students Really Step Up in U.S. Microfinance?

Elaine Edgcomb | Posted 07.18.2012 | Impact
Elaine Edgcomb

The U.S. microenterprise field is over 25 years old now, and there are hundreds of organizations that will be looking at leadership transition over the coming years. What's the best way to engage the best and the brightest of the Millennials to step up?

Empowering Women Farmers Is Key To Ensuring Global Food Security

Roger Thurow | Posted 07.18.2012 | Impact
Roger Thurow

bringing the benefits of agricultural development to the farmers at the end of the road, is the challenge within the challenge.

Why We Learn, Why We Work

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

What did my mother want most for me? Prestige? No. She wanted me to be strong, free, independent, and happy. Being productive was the first and defining priority. Should it not still be?

A Mother's Day Tribute For Women In Need

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

Happy Mother's Day to every mother on this planet. We acknowledge your sacrifice, your hardships and your undying love. We only hope that we can give back a fraction of what you have given to us.

The Latest In Social Media For Social Good Strategies

Amy Neumann | Posted 06.26.2012 | Impact
Amy Neumann

This is the seventh installment of the Impact series, #SocialGoodStars. The people highlighted here are passionate, dedicated philanthropists, strengt...

Investing in Women Pays Off

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

It is time organizations began recognizing the immense payoff that women offer not only in the United States and in the industrialized nations around the world but also in emerging and developing economies.

Muhammad Yunus One Of '12 Greatest Entrepreneurs of Our Time'

Posted 09.06.2012 | Impact

Professor Muhammad Yunus is no stranger to special honors -- having won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to alleviate global poverty through microlo...

What It Will Take To 'Graduate' 1.2 Billion People Out Of Extreme Poverty

Susan Davis | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Susan Davis

As we celebrate our success in defeating global poverty, let's not forgot the portion of those still caught in its trap, struggling to reach the bottom rung - and the innovative solutions being deployed to get them there.

Microfinance: Why Care About Institution Building?

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 09.06.2012 | Books
Elisabeth Rhyne

Rather than complaining that microloans aren't enough, those who support microfinance can work on figuring out how to use these great institutional resources to accomplish more.

TAG You're It!

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 05.19.2012 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

Our digital world creates distance instead of closeness, but this month can be an exception. "Tag" a friend with "#tagURit," and joinFITE will contribute $1 towards a microloan that will empower a woman entrepreneur.

Creating a Cycle of Sustainable Change

Reid Hoffman | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Reid Hoffman

In Silicon Valley, we deploy technologies and networks to change the world. Can we deploy these techniques in an effort to break the worldwide cycle of poverty at a scale in the millions?

Using Microfinance to Bring Clean Water to India's Poor

Tom Murphy | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Mumbai -- A unique public-private partnership involving private sector giants like Unilever and Heinz is improving the health of Indian children. Two ...

Grannies Revisit Motherhood Because Of Uganda's HIV Epidemic

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri | Posted 05.08.2012 | Impact
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

In 2008 we began to help our students' caretakers, their elderly grandmothers. What began as a handful of guardians has blossomed into a program assisting over 6,200 grannies who are self-organized into 91 groups in three districts.