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African Women Entrepreneurs Leading the Way in Fueling Africa's Economic Growth

Barry Segal | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Dianne Calvi, CEO of Village Enterprise, a partner of Segal Family Foundation. African women entrepreneurs are a dynamic for...

Our Financial Services System in 2024: Inclusion for All

Joyce Klein | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Joyce Klein

Too often, these small business owners lack the credit scores needed to access reasonably-priced credit, or savings or a credit card to help them weather the ebbs and flows of a new or growing enterprise.

In the Field With CARE in Central America

Dan Glickman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Foreign assistance is much maligned in the US, especially in periods of fiscal constraint. It is a shame that foreign aid's detractors do not understand that it is clearly in the US national interest to improve economic conditions and reduce violence in countries like Guatemala and Honduras.

Not Just Jobs: The Good Jobs Of Microbusiness

Joyce Klein | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Joyce Klein

While there is no question that wages are a critical component of work, there are also other valuable aspects of a "good" job. Good jobs raise the floor by providing a basic level of stability through decent wages, benefits, stable schedules, well-structured responsibilities, safety, fairness and respect, and good communication.

Mentoring Mom: Home Handicrafts Business Expands to Hire Youth

Suzanne Skees | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

A stressed, angry wife struggling to support a seriously ill husband and three children figures out a way to mechanize her output and produce four times as much merchandise in four hours a day.

The Karimu Kids: School Is Not Enough -- We Want Healthcare and Jobs for Our Families

Suzanne Skees | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

The curriculum taught at Ayalagaya are the same as for all public secondary schools throughout Tanzania. The school motto is "Education for Creativity." Meet the teachers of Ayalagaya Secondary and two students: Florentina and Jackson.

Romance in the Rainforest: Microentrepreneurs Make Time for Love

Suzanne Skees | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Born and raised in the Loreto region near Iquitos, Dalia met her true love when he stepped off a wobbly boat on the banks of the Amazon River.

Leader of Weavers

Suzanne Skees | Posted 06.01.2013 | Small Business
Suzanne Skees

Taking advantage of the skills training provided by his new employer, Shivanandan diversified his weaving designs and became secretary of his local weavers' trust. And in a lottery-based award system through BDT, Shivanandan got to travel to India's capital city, Delhi, to visit other artisans in the large Dilli Haat gift-market.

Mom and Pop Go Global

Jake Colvin | Posted 10.25.2012 | Business
Jake Colvin

eBay paints a remarkable new portrait of exporters in the digital age and should spark a discussion about how policymakers can remove more of the obstacles that would allow exporters to meet the needs of international customers.

An Exchange Between Farmers Builds Friendships and Strengthens Communities

Vivian Glyck | Posted 08.11.2012 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

One of the reasons why Project GRACE is so impressive is because of the support networks it creates between farmers living with HIV. Through these networks farmers share their practical knowledge with one another and support each other.

Global Motherhood: Project GRACE, A Blessing To Families Living With HIV

Vivian Glyck | Posted 08.06.2012 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

Project GRACE started in 2009 and provides small loans in the form of poultry and livestock to its participants who work together as well as encourage others to get tested for HIV at Bishop Asili, their local hospital.

NOT Like Mother, Like Daughter

Suzanne Skees | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

A Mother and her daughter's values clash in rural northern India. Is this what happens to teenagers everywhere, or does living in extreme poverty exacerbate these issues?

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?

7 Ways to Empower Women on International Women's Day

World Vision | Posted 05.08.2012 | Women
World Vision

Here are seven easy tips to make a big difference for daughters, sisters and mothers across our world and right here in our own neighborhoods.

Why I Like to Give Ugandan Women Goats...

Vivian Glyck | Posted 01.29.2012 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

I would rather give the Ugandan women goats. I would rather give them a business that they can grow and sell in their own backyards. This way, they can depend on their own destiny and their own business prowess.

What Does Coffee Giant's Initiative Mean for America's Micro Businesses?

Elaine Edgcomb | Posted 01.02.2012 | Small Business
Elaine Edgcomb

With (seemingly) a Starbucks on every corner, the Starbucks- Opportunity Finance Network "Create Jobs for USA" initiative is designed to offer all of us an opportunity to become job creators.

"We Do It Ourselves!"

Vivian Glyck | Posted 12.19.2011 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

There's nothing like "Wekembe" to transform an African village! "Wekembe" is a Lugandan word that means, "We do it ourselves!" We all know how great "...

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.