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Lessons Impact Investing Can Learn From Microfinance

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

Combining a higher-order purpose with the discipline of private sector financial sustainability has the best shot at solving many of today's pressing societal challenges.

Rethinking Entrepreneurship in the United States

Kiva Zip | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Ever since I started with Kiva Zip in the U.S. my sixth sense seems to have awakened. I see entrepreneurs... everywhere! I think my understanding of what an entrepreneur was had until now been quite limited.

"Some Courses Come From the Heart", From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

Client Protection and Microfinance: Crossing a Threshold

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

The global microfinance industry realized a significant and long-awaited goal this week with the introduction of Client Protection Certification as pr...

Art in the Midst of Land Mines, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

The Seed Supplier, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.13.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

The Indomitable Mobile Payments Entrepreneur, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.06.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

To University By Donkey Cart, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.27.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

Series on Women Changing the World: Mercy Annapoorni, India

Elly Pradervand | Posted 02.22.2013 | Impact
Elly Pradervand

When we last spoke with our laureate, Mercy Annapoorni, she was busy empowering 6,000 rural women from the Virudhunagar and Sivakasi regions of Tamil ...

The Medical Supplier of Sacre Coeur, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

Pioneering Green Technology, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

Finding a Job Where You Can Make a Difference

Monisha Kapila | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Monisha Kapila

If you are one of the millions of people who want to do work that is mission driven, you may be interested in a job in the "social sector." As you start searching for jobs, you should make sure you are looking in the right places.

The Power Was Right Here All Along

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

Women have always been powerful. We are already powerful. And we don't need to be empowered, but merely connected with opportunity.

By Faith Shop, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

Surviving Cancer on $1.58 Per Day, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

At the time she received her first Zidisha loan, Aida Sow was a robust young mother, full of ambition for the future of her two preschool-aged children, Ndeye Marie and Ousseynou.

Working in the Shadows: What Have We Learned About Informality?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

In the average developing country, most people work outside the law -- they have no contract, are not registered, carry no license, pay no tax or make no pension contribution. They get no social benefits or labor protection either. They are "informal."

An Ageless Family Man, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

The other day Wajoshua was personally fixing one of the many atrocious roads that leads to the school, throwing heavy rocks out of the path and carrying bags of sand and gravel to replace them. I am continually amazed by how much energy he has to do these things.

A Simple Gift Can Have a Profound Impact

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 01.21.2013 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Poverty is a complicated problem, its causes so multiple and interconnected that trying to solve it often seems like an impossible Rubik's Cube of a task.

A Simple Gift Can Have a Profound Impact

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 01.21.2013 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Poverty is a complicated problem, its causes so multiple and interconnected that trying to solve it often seems like an impossible Rubik's cube of a task. But finding a solution to poverty is exactly what humanitarian groups like Catholic Relief Services try to do every day.

Milling Maize for the Maasai, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

John Mopel Napais hails from Kenya's Maasai Mara, whose endless savannas are home to a mostly nomadic population.

Fringe Entrepreneurs: Struggling to Secure Start-Up Cash? Look Here

Neil Parmar | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Neil Parmar

Finding financing to launch a new venture in this shaky economy is tricky enough. But what are the odds that an aspiring business owner who is struggling with a mental illness or living in a rural area could secure start-up capital? Increasingly good, it turns out.

The Village Technology Hub, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Eliud Mathu is a young entrepreneur who created a multi-service technology boutique in a small village in the rugged mountains of Kenya's Rift Valley. He used a Zidisha loan of $536 to buy a computer and a scanner-printer for the boutique.

A New Bill Gates, From Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities faced by the the aspiring middle class in the world's least developed countries.

Empowering Poor Women to Become Their Own Bankers

Ethan Veneklasen | Posted 01.06.2013 | Impact
Ethan Veneklasen

Women like Djessi, who live in very poor, very rural areas, face an often overwhelming set of challenges. Because their savings and credit needs tend to be small and irregular, formal-sector banks can't afford to provide them with financial services.

The Village Matriarch, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Serah Wanjiku Mukuria works at the Mugaa Village Secondary School, a rare rural high school nestled in the highlands of Kenya's Rift Valley, as a secretary (many people affectionately call her "Madam Secretary") and also takes care of her farm and animals.