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Microfinancing for Women

Eating, Giving, Growing

Xochi Balfour | Posted 10.15.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Xochi Balfour

A while ago, I wrote on the rainbo blog how one of the most empowering and exciting elements of running one's own business - however small - is the freedom to choose where you spend your profits. In other words, to be able to give money gained by your toils to the cause of your choice. For me, this is one of the fundamental bonuses of setting up your own for-profit company, and one that is all too often overlooked in the food industry.

Microfinance Is Down, But Not Out

Moushumi M. Khan | Posted 10.13.2012 | Impact
Moushumi M. Khan

A growing unrest is stirring the global microcredit market. Some are asking whether microcredit has really benefited the poor. Although the spotlight might be uncomfortable, microfinance institutions should welcome this soul searching.

Doing Good!

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 11.27.2011 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

Looking at the world picture, professional and corporate success must embrace global activism and advocacy for women.

Back to Bangladesh -- Day 5

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 08.24.2011 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

Acid violence is a form of vengeance for other types of social conflicts like disputes over land. In most cases the women, young and adolescent girls and girl children are the victims.

Natalie Portman, Zoe Saldana Launch Women Microfinancing PSAs

Posted 08.10.2011 | Impact

Actresses Natalie Portman and Zoe Saldana have partnered with FINCA International, a microfinancing charity, to promote its women's entrepreneurship c...

Laura Bush Fights to Get the Spotlight Back on Afghanistan

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

At a time when the news cycle has nearly forgotten the war in Afghanistan, the former first lady's goal is to put the nation and its women back in the headlines.

How to Make Everything From Nothing (VIDEO)

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Without a dime of donations or leaving home, individuals, small family foundations and companies in the United States are at this very minute financing 112,000 small businesses.

Avoiding "Mission Drift": Do Microfinance Institutions Stop Serving Their Core Mission When Seeking Profit?

Mary Ellen Iskenderian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mary Ellen Iskenderian

Microfinance efforts show that the poor are indeed creditworthy, and that women borrowers in particular spend the proceeds from their businesses in ways that have a longer-lasting, more profound impact on the lives of their families.

Making Microfinance Benefit the People and Not the Sharks

Shivani Siroya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shivani Siroya

In the right hands, microcredit can be a truly empowering opportunity, enabling hardworking entrepreneurs to become self-sufficient business owners and improve the livelihood of whole communities.

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."

Changing Lives With Spare Change: My Two Cents on Microfinance

Yeardley Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Yeardley Smith

I love the microfinance approach because instead of being a welfare model, it's a model that puts the recipient at the center of the solution. And in doing so, the victory is a thousand times sweeter.

Women: Changing the Fate of Our Global Future

Tabby Biddle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tabby Biddle

As more and more women and girls are given opportunity and respect, there is real possibility for bringing balance back to our world.