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Microlending

Building a Better Model for Microlending

Venture For America | Posted 07.24.2014 | 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.

Milaap Adds Crowd Element to Sustainable Giving

Geoff Livingston | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

Like traditional giving, what matters most is the organizer (nonprofit or NGO) and actual benefactor. If you believe in both, then give. Everything else is gravy.

"We Are Not Job-Seekers, We Are Job-Creators"-- Turning Unemployment into Entrepreneurship

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Muhammad Yunus

Replicating the social business equity investments with unemployed youth around the world can help solve the age-old problem of unemployment, not just in the poor countries but in any country and can turn job-seekers into job creators.

Instead of Inequality for All, Entrepreneurship for All

Claudia Viek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Claudia Viek

Now the conversation about wealth inequality has moved to the big screen; I hope that the national conversation moves forward from the same, old game about inequality to new innovative solutions to the problem.

The stuff heroes are made of

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Here is a story that deserves to be shared. Sammy Kanja is a founding member of Zidisha's online microlending community in Kenya. He used his earl...

New York City: Greener Than the Burbs?

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

When we picture a jungle, we think of a lush green environmentally friendly carbon-sequestering ecosystem. While New York City is commonly referred to...

Growing Peppers, Cultivating Businesses

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

If you go to Kiva Oregon right now, you'll see 20 entrepreneurs fundraising for a loan. They are individuals who are either starting or growing a small business -- on their own, of their own volition, because they want to.

Analogue to Digital: Alternative Banking by Kenya's Poor

Yen To | Posted 09.05.2013 | Impact
Yen To

Kibera sits at the margin of Nairobi, a concentrated sight line of rusted corrugated roofs and bustling heaps of humanity pressed up against the immac...

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Yen To | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Yen To

A woman's position within Kenyan society is quickly revealed on street level, in the boardroom and at home.

Luxury-Travel Writer Turns Paychecks Into Microloans

The Huffington Post | Lance Gould | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact

Bob Harris learned the handshake that gave him access to the super-secret clubhouse of the extremely wealthy. As a luxury-travel writer, it was his jo...

Perhaps Congress Can Also Honor Dr. Yunus by Paying Attention to Him

Bob Harris | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Bob Harris

Now that our leaders have given Dr. Yunus a gold medal, perhaps they might more truly honor him by considering why.

'Microsavings Programs May Be Key To Ending Poverty

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact

The global financial crisis has turned us into a world of savers — including the poorest people on the planet. Elsa Ligua is one of them. As a fo...

Helping a Small Business By (Literally) Blowing Things Up

Bob Harris | Posted 03.01.2013 | Impact
Bob Harris

Finally: match, fuse, ba-BAMM! We giggle like 10-year-olds. For one gorgeous instant, language, age, religion, and nationality disappear.

Microfinance Pioneer Grameen Bank Weakened by Bangladeshi Government Meddling

Eliot Daley | Posted 08.23.2012 | World
Eliot Daley

What can be done? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Dhaka in May to urge Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dipu Moni to take no actions that would undermine Grameen Bank.

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.

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?

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.

'How Stuff Works': Making An Impact With Microlending

Josh Clark | Posted 05.28.2012 | Impact
Josh Clark

My Stuff You Should Know podcast co-host Chuck Bryant, our producer Jeri Rowland and I aren't completely unaware of ourselves. As such, we do feel a b...

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?

International Women's Day In The Participation Age

Premal Shah | Posted 05.08.2012 | Women
Premal Shah

"A rising tide of women in an economy raises the fortunes of all families and all nations ... we don't have a person to waste and we certainly don't have a gender to waste."

The Road Less Traveled

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 12.19.2011 | Impact
Elizabeth Nicholas

Examples abound of women in the developing world receiving loans, building businesses, and employing others with their capital, along with investing in education and infrastructure for their families and communities.

Addressing the Credit Needs of the Unbanked

Bill Himpler | Posted 12.07.2011 | Business
Bill Himpler

The need for access to affordable credit among the unbanked has been met by a steady call for banks to offer small dollar loans.

The Girl Effect: How Investing In Girls Is Changing The World

Manisha Thakor | Posted 12.03.2011 | Women
Manisha Thakor

What if you have some extra cash and are frustrated with the returns available in savings accounts and cash equivalents. I'd like to suggest... investing in a girl.

In Today's Economy, a Good Credit Score May Be a Business Owner's Most Important Asset

Elaine Edgcomb | Posted 11.28.2011 | Business
Elaine Edgcomb

Given the uncertain economic outlook and the continued decline of once dependable assets like a home, a good credit score might just be the most important asset to acquire and protect.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Social Entrepreneurship

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 08.29.2011 | Impact
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

Social entrepreneurship today enjoys the high regard it has long deserved -- fully 30 years after the organization that launched the movement was born.