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Shivani Siroya

Blog Entries by Shivani Siroya

Is the iPhone 5 'Smart' for Everyone?

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 5:34 PM

A look at the way ordinary cell phones are changing the lives of individuals in emerging markets.

The iPhone 5 is all the rage in the mobile and tech world. And why wouldn't it be? For months, many people have held off purchases of new smart phones, waiting and hoping...

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Small Businesses - We need You.

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 1:01 PM

In her September 22nd Triple Pundit piece, Gerri Stengel makes a passionate case for the ability of small businesses to foster communities and social connections, arguing that by supporting local small businesses, we can prevent economic downturns and create jobs. Thriving small business not only help to build...

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The Backlash In Microfinance

(21) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 8:10 AM

For me and my team at InVenture, it's a strange time to be entering the microfinance industry.

Recently, the only news about this industry has been bad news: last Spring, for example, a front page New York Times story faulted lenders for profiting off the backs of...

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Helping Developing Entrepreneurs Lift Their Communities Out Of Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 4:00 PM

Since launching InVenture this past year, one of the questions I'm most often asked is: Why start your own organization?

And it's a pretty good question. Given the magnitude of attempting to develop a new product, service or solution -- especially one that boldly promises to address major...

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Making Microfinance Benefit the People and Not the Sharks

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 12:38 PM

Neil MacFarquhar's April 14th piece in the New York Times about the commercialization of the microfinance industry paints a bleak picture of the future of microcredit, a "do-gooder" institution that's recently suffered from a barrage of public controversy. He's right to point out that, in the wrong hands,...

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