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Microfinancing

Microfinance's Risky Lending Is a Safe Bet

Kadita Tshibaka | Posted 11.14.2012 | Impact
Kadita Tshibaka

Microfinance must first and foremost be about making a difference in the lives of the impoverished and marginalized. It must be about having a positive impact for the overall welfare of microfinance clients.

A Kickstarter for Emerging Market Entrepreneurs

Julia Kurnia | Posted 10.21.2012 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Zidisha entreprenurs have maintained a 98-percent repayment rate for the hundreds of loans they've financed through our platform, disproving the notion that disadvantaged people in developing countries need to be supervised by expensive local bureaucracies.

What a 'Microfinance Heretic' Has to Say to U.S. Microlenders

Elaine Edgcomb | Posted 10.09.2012 | Small Business
Elaine Edgcomb

This past weekend I devoured a new tell-all book by Hugh Sinclair, Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic. It's a disquieting read, especially for someone like me who was deeply engaged in international microfinance especially in the early years.

Meet Andrew Whelan, Actor Turned Green Cleaning Entrepreneur

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

It's hard to support yourself in New York. It's even harder to support yourself as an actor. Meet Andy Whelan, actor turned green cleaning entrepreneu...

The World's First Hip-Hop Microfinance Music Video

Fred Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Fred Graves

As an intern for the Grameen Foundation, I was excited at the chance to combine my passions for microfinance and for hip-hop music. The result is the first hip-hop microfinance music video.

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.

CNN Readers Donate $116,000 Overnight

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

CNN's Tuesday story about a small donation aggregator, Modest Needs brought out an unprecedented giving spirit among their Web site's reader. Accordi...