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Microfinance

Capital for Global Anti-Poverty Businesses

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Lewis

Preachy rhetoric about free markets and globalization often overlooks the on-the-ground work that is needed to actually make markets work. Imaginary markets have failed the poor.

The Soul of Microfinance: Purpose, Poverty, Pitfalls and Redemption

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

The following are parts of a recent speech delivered by the head of the Microcredit Summit, Sam Daley-Harris entitled, "Purpose, Poverty, Pitfalls and Redemption."

If You Care About Peace, Now is the Time to Invest in Southern Sudan

Susan Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Susan Davis

BRAC USA aims to aid southern Sudan in the areas of microfinance, health, education and agricultural development. BRAC is now the largest microfinance provider in the country.

Investing in Haitian Women: A Hand-Up Approach to Rebuilding Haiti

Kari Stoever | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kari Stoever

While resources are critical to support emergency relief efforts in Haiti, the bigger challenges are in finding sustainable long-term solutions that empower the Haitians to rebuild their country.

In Haiti, Support Local Communities, Not Microcredit Agencies

Kasia Paprocki | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kasia Paprocki

Any significant shift of disaster-relief funds for Haiti to support microcredit programs as a strategy for rebuilding after the earthquake would be a misguided and potentially destructive decision.

Microfinance: Giving Kids A Little Credit Could Make Your Day

Sunny Mahant | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sunny Mahant

Could you imagine waking up at 6 a.m. every day and going to work for a 14-hour workday -- when you were eight years old?

Creating Hope and Opportunity in Haiti for Extremely Poor Women and their Families

Susan Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Susan Davis

After two years of support -- asset transfers, skill training and social linkages -- over 90% of our program women "graduate" into becoming successful microfinance members.

Changing Lives With Spare Change: My Two Cents on Microfinance

Yeardley Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Yeardley Smith

I love the microfinance approach because instead of being a welfare model, it's a model that puts the recipient at the center of the solution. And in doing so, the victory is a thousand times sweeter.

Things to Truly Be Thankful For

Fang Yuan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Fang Yuan

At this critical moment in history, when it is easier than ever before to reach out, touch, and shape another person's life, we have fewer excuses to not contribute to re-shaping our world for the better.

Small Is The New Big: The Best Tools For Micro-Giving

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

Bigger may be better in Texas; but for the rest of us, small steps are all it takes to make a difference. I've searched the depths of the web for the smallest big ideas that help everyday citizens make an impact.

Kathleen Colson: Making a Difference in Africa through Entrepreneurship [VIDEO]

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Judith Ellis

The BOMA Fund works to alleviate poverty by building self-sustaining communities amid a rugged and beautiful landscape.

Microfinance A Microsuccess

GOOD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Microlending, as you may know, is the practice of giving very small loans to poor people in developing countries so they can, in theory, start busines...

Pro Mujer: Journey Towards Women's Empowerment In Latin America

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Pro Mujer is helping some of the poorest women in Latin America to increase their income, develop their full potential, and claim their basic human rights, enabling them to become agents of change.

Sachsterly

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

The rescue of the bottom billion is only a reality if Mr. Sachs and Mr. Easterly put their outstanding intellectual skills to work instead of trying to win a debate that academics will perpetuate so long as they exist.

Words Apart

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Microfinance's intellectual debate could be healthy but it oftentimes ends up in intellectual wars that forsake the ultimate goal: the alleviation of extreme poverty.

Reflections on Afghanistan

Susan Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Susan Davis

I was glad to discover during my travels in Afghanistan that a mood of despair was giving way to hope and determination.

Roll Back the Darkness in a Sustainable, Cost-Effective Way

Rep. Steve Israel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rep. Steve Israel

One of the smartest foreign assistance initiatives the United States could undertake is to jump-start promising solar-powered efforts around the world.

Amidst Conflict, Pakistanis Persevere

Susan Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Susan Davis

The impoverished North-West Frontier Province lays claim to devastating maternal and child mortality rates, and scant education for girls. But courageous women here are increasingly agents of change.

Microfinance as a Solution: Beggars, Thieves, AIDS and Prostitution

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vivian Norris

At a recent Microfinance Summit, Sam Daley-Harris spoke about making credit available not only to the poorest of the poor, but to those usually excluded from civil society, like beggars and rebels.

A Near-Zero-Cost Approach to Do-Gooding: My 375th Kiva Loan

Bob Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bob Harris

Metaphorically, micro lending is not giving someone a fish, and it's not teaching someone to fish; it's helping a fisherman patch a hole in his rowboat so he can get on with life.

Beyond the Romance of Microfinance to a Love of Manufacturing

Magatte Wade | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magatte Wade

by Magatte Wade, with Michael Strong In the course of starting a business based in Africa, I was referred to a former Silicon Valley CFO who had made...

The Cornerstone of Obama's Foreign Aid Policy: Health and Wealth

Josh Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Ruxin

The data doesn't lie: sickness and poverty have grown together during the last few decades. We now have a chance to turn the tables and foster health and wealth.

Inclusive Capitalism Not Economic Colonialism: the G20 and the Future

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

We have seen what happens when Capitalism runs amok and is not inclusive. The problem is not capitalism, it is greed and the lack of the human element.

The Antidote to Bad Media Days - Make a Microloan

Graham Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Graham Hill

Sarah Palin's bear-draped office sofa can make you either want to laugh or weep, but her views on polar bears do only the latter.

By the People, for the People: Microfinance Offers the "Transformative Vision" Davos is Seeking

Alex Raksin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Raksin

What began as a philanthropic movement to empower the working poor has evolved into a new class of social entrepreneurs who have shown that capitalism can generate significant returns in every sense of the word.