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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.

How We Can Give Entrepreneurs In Developing Nations A Chance To Expand

Shivani Siroya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Shivani Siroya

My company, InVenture, is just one answer to the problem of the underserved "missing middle" in developing economies.

An Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

"The industry is trying to fix itself right now" Elizabeth Warren, speaking on "In Business with Margaret Brennan" Dear Ms.Warren, What an important...

How to Make Everything From Nothing (VIDEO)

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Without a dime of donations or leaving home, individuals, small family foundations and companies in the United States are at this very minute financing 112,000 small businesses.

Supporting small business in the West Bank via CHF International microfinance

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

You know I support small business in the West Bank through Kiva and CHF International, encouraged by the Israeli, Palestinian, and US governments. Wel...

Zafèn Haitian Microfinance Effort Engages Haitians to Forge a New Future

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Haitians like Jean-Patrick Lucien are one reason Zafèn, a new online microfinance program targeting small- and medium-sized businesses in Haiti, has ...

Microfinance, the Grameen Bank, and Lisa Simpson

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Okay, normally I work with Kiva, focusing on the West Bank with CHF International, but that's no big deal compared to The Simpsons. (Mr Simpson's one...

Empowering Girls, Girls, Girls and Women

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michelle Kraus

Only the formidable Bill Clinton together with his unstoppable Foundation can marshal the forces of good to begin to make fundamental change for future generations of girls and women.

Avoiding "Mission Drift": Do Microfinance Institutions Stop Serving Their Core Mission When Seeking Profit?

Mary Ellen Iskenderian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mary Ellen Iskenderian

Microfinance efforts show that the poor are indeed creditworthy, and that women borrowers in particular spend the proceeds from their businesses in ways that have a longer-lasting, more profound impact on the lives of their families.

Funding the Risk Frontier in Microfinance

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

The recent IPO of SKS Microfinance, India's largest microfinance institution (MFI), was a watershed event whose ripples are affecting the public perception of microfinance.

Grameen Foundation Helps People Help Themselves

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Here are three ways you can help the poorest people in the world who typically live on less than one dollar a day and are based in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

Microinsurance, Microsavings and Microcredit Under One Roof

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bhagwan Chowdhry

The meagre savings that the poor do manage to accumulate are rarely enough and there is a need for insurance against unfortunate events such as going hungry, undernourishment for children, and pulling children out of school.

Is Financial Inclusion Imminent in India?

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bhagwan Chowdhry

70% of India's population is excluded from formal financial services that most people reading this blog take for granted. If financial services are to become a reality, they have to be delivered non-traditionally.

Mercy Merilu: Moving from the Chicken Stand to the Classroom

Kushal Chakrabarti | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kushal Chakrabarti

Because by leveling the educational playing field we -- Vittana, and our lenders -- are unlocking the talent and human potential in young people around world.

Africa's Poorest Women Can Teach Us How to Manage Our Money

Suzanne Skees | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Suzanne Skees

The mess we made with our wealth We spend and borrow, ignoring tomorrow. Somehow, that became the American way. We max out credit cards and take ...

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.