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Microfinance

Kiva Cards for Microfinance Contributions

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, Kiva.org's all about microfinance, where you can help fund a small businessperson somewhere in the world. The deal is that you can help someone ...

Donorschoose Gets Big Contribution From American Express

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

DonorsChoose.org helps teachers get the stuff they need via a kind of microfinance model, helping fund a lot of schools in the US. (I've been focusing...

Grameen Foundation: Microfinance Helping People in Real Ways

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The deal with microfinance is that it means loaning the poorest of people - most often women - to fund small businesses. This benefits women like Ts...

India's Micro-Finance Suicide Epidemic

BBC News | Soutik Biswas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

More than 80 people have taken their own lives in the last few months after defaulting on micro-loans, according to the government. This has trigge...

Top Ten Private Initiatives in Haiti Supplement Big Players in 2010-11

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Haiti needs hope -- and so many private initiatives doing so much could do even more -- with your support. There is so much hope for Haiti. Let's fund it.

A Tale of Microfinance in Two Cities

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

Microfinance in India is undergoing a crisis caused by a toxic mix of mushrooming growth and political volatility. As they ponder their next steps, p...

How Microfinance Lost its Soul

Aaron Ausland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Aaron Ausland

Six fundamental shifts in the practice of microfinance have left it operating more like a for-profit bank and less like an innovative pro-poor movement.

5 Ways Microloans Create U.S. Jobs

Gina Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gina Harman

If you've been keeping up with recent economic news, here's a familiar statistic: Small businesses are responsible for 70 percent of job creation in the U.S.

Microfinance: Virtuous or Vulgar?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Our enlightened self-interest and our own humanity should question the wisdom of asking the poorest of the poor to pay dearly for their own futures.

Wall Street or Social Activism?

Greer Feick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Greer Feick

These days, causes that promote social justice appeal to many students, but mainly for their resumé-building potential.

The Danger of Demonizing Profit Making Companies That Serve the Poor

Hugh Whalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Hugh Whalan

The true issue here is not whether for-profits play an important role -- it should be clear that they do -- but rather how to encourage the right kind of for-profits to address the social needs of the poor.

Indian Microfinance: Mendacious or Magnificent?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

As industry analysts note, the rush to conclude that micro-lending is inherently flawed is overwrought, wrong-headed and anti-poor.

Private Initiative Marshall Plan Launches for the New Haiti

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I have been working in Haiti since Christmas 1999. That New Year's Eve I hired my first staff -- my first local partner -- with a handshake at the Ol...

Microfinance's Fight On The Homefront

Gina Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gina Harman

Here at home, microfinance is effectively fighting unemployment, economic exclusion and an evaporating middle class.

The Backlash In Microfinance

Shivani Siroya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Shivani Siroya

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 ...

Practitioners and Researchers: Missing the Middle (VIDEO)

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

What I see missing in the middle is that there needs to be an understanding that they can provide information to each other that can lead to the innovations which can significantly shift the trajectory of poverty.

8 Ways Start A Business Without Going To A Bank

The Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For startups, credit is like "experience" for job applicants -- you can't get it if you don't already have it. Despite a recent push by banks to giv...

An Increasingly Important Debate: Microfinance as a Non-Profit or Possible IPO?

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

Nonprofit Microlending is based on trust. For profit lending is not. This is a huge difference, and it's possible the latter could turn into a repeat of the villager loan shark mode

How Microfinance Is Fueling A New Small Business Wave

Gina Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gina Harman

Despite the clear need and obvious benefit to our economy, ACCION and other microlenders have reached but a small percentage of the millions of microenterprises in the U.S. Getting the word out -- that we are lending -- is part of our challenge.

On Microfinance: Who's to Blame for the Crisis in Andhra Pradesh?

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

The sensationalized newspaper accounts of suicides among over-indebted clients of some of India's biggest microfinance institutions threatens the future of microfinance in India.

Take a Hike Accountants

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Previous assumptions stated that borrowers already know everything they need to grow; they just need the capital in order to implement their business ideas.

Women Meet in Jakarta to Harness Their Economic Power

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tamar Abrams

In a meeting room surrounded by lush tropical landscaping, 20 women from Southeast Asia are meeting in Jakarta to develop their leadership, management and advocacy skills.

The Cow of Art

Lily Blau | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lily Blau

I'm an actor and a writer. And lately I've been having trouble remembering why -- when I can barely pay my rent, let alone health insurance -- why I do what I do.

"Karlman" (a.k.a. Karl Rove) and Billionaire Park!

Tom Cosgrove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Tom Cosgrove

In the past few weeks the New York Times and other media outlets have spotlighted Karl Rove's new organization Crossroads GPS and his sneaky plan for ...

In Support of Women Entrepreneurs

Tory Burch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tory Burch

Unfortunately, 22 million people are currently unemployed in the U.S. We need to find ways to support the small business community so that they can create more jobs.