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Creating a Cycle of Sustainable Change

Reid Hoffman | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Reid Hoffman

In Silicon Valley, we deploy technologies and networks to change the world. Can we deploy these techniques in an effort to break the worldwide cycle of poverty at a scale in the millions?

Using Microfinance to Bring Clean Water to India's Poor

Tom Murphy | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Mumbai -- A unique public-private partnership involving private sector giants like Unilever and Heinz is improving the health of Indian children. Two ...

Grannies Revisit Motherhood Because Of Uganda's HIV Epidemic

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri | Posted 05.08.2012 | Impact
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

In 2008 we began to help our students' caretakers, their elderly grandmothers. What began as a handful of guardians has blossomed into a program assisting over 6,200 grannies who are self-organized into 91 groups in three districts.

International Women's Day In The Participation Age

Premal Shah | Posted 05.08.2012 | Women
Premal Shah

"A rising tide of women in an economy raises the fortunes of all families and all nations ... we don't have a person to waste and we certainly don't have a gender to waste."

Social Enterprises and Solving the World's Problems: How Impact Investing Needs to Change

Geri Stengel | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Geri Stengel

Let's hope that for-profit companies can balance profit motives with social impact because government and nonprofits can't solve the world's problems by themselves.

What A Nonprofit In One Of The Poorest Countries Can Teach Us About Job Creation

Susan Davis | Posted 04.29.2012 | Impact
Susan Davis

How do we address the looming problem of youth unemployment in the developing world? The question was top of mind Monday at the United Nations Economi...

Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise

Jack Hidary | Posted 04.06.2012 | Women
Jack Hidary

What else can the tech world do to engage more women to start and lead companies?

Impact Investing Creates Template for Responsible Capitalism

Raconteur Media | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Raconteur Media

Impact investing has developed out of traditional philanthropy in an effort to find solutions that allow investors to make profitable investments that can also address social and environmental challenges.

$2 A Year Can Keep Mothers And Their Families Healthy In The Developing World

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

The non-profit Freedom From Hunger is working to help 1.3 million women facing extreme poverty in developing nations work hard towards goals to grow, advance, and develop themselves, their families, and their communities.

Microfinance in Bangladesh: It's Not What You Thought

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

One of the interesting things about microfinance in Bangladesh is that its intense market saturation has not resulted in a crisis of over-indebtedness or unmanageable default. "Overlapping" is common -- that is, clients taking loans from several MFIs at the same time.

From Microfinance to Metafinance: A New Tool to Fight Global Poverty

Melanie Walker | Posted 03.24.2012 | Good News
Melanie Walker

The microfinance revolution created new ways for the world's poor to secure loans. But microfinance institutions normally don't have the capacity or authority to finance community-level infrastructure projects.

The Never-ending Story of One Donation

Tiffany Persons | Posted 03.14.2012 | Good News
Tiffany Persons

This is the story of one donation, unfolding over time, to affect thousands. Each year, the value of that initial donation expands to new heights and just like that, the impossible becomes reality.

Collaborative Action Comes to Life in Guatemala

Keith Ferrazzi | Posted 03.04.2012 | Impact
Keith Ferrazzi

A major problem in Guatemala is the economic disincentive for kids to go to school. Either you can pay for tuition and books from money a family doesn't have, or send your child into the fields to make money for food. Carlos was a rare advocate for an alternative solution.

The Gift of Connecting

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 02.22.2012 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

I encourage you to find a philanthropic cause that provides meaning in your life. For Dermalogica, and for me personally, it has always been about women entrepreneurs.

Crowd-Sourcing Development Innovation in India

Maura O'Neill | Posted 02.19.2012 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

With a booming social enterprise sector, a number of the world's leading academics, Nobel Prize winners and thinkers, a vibrant private sector, and world-class NGOs like Pratham, India has been dubbed the innovation hub for the West.

Students Create Microloan Institutions, Tackle Community Issues

Anna Bahr | Posted 12.16.2011 | Impact

The Campus Microfinance Alliance, a coalition of student-run microfinance groups, recently launched a new campaign to spur job growth for budding entr...

Making Consumer Protection a Reality in Microfinance

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

Across the microfinance industry a deep examination of performance is underway, as well as work to create structures that will incentivize good practices.

Now Is the Time to Invest in the Middle East and North Africa

David Weiss | Posted 01.15.2012 | Impact
David Weiss

Microenterprises on average only employ a few people, but they create job opportunities where very few exist. One individual we supported was Jassim, a young Iraqi entrepreneur who was the sole supporter of his three younger siblings.

Have a Nice Day: Stop Global Slavery Now

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 01.11.2012 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

"Slavery" may seem like a word from another century, but it is still pervasive in many parts of the world. In fact, there are more slaves today than in any other period in history.

Two Females Farming the Future

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.08.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

To America's lasting shame, aching hunger lives down the street because our national "war on poverty" is long-since abandoned.

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.

Safe Water and a Toilet -- Is That Too Much to Ask... for 2.5 Billion People?

Matt Damon | Posted 01.01.2012 | Impact
Matt Damon

Even today, as solutions are known and available, lack of access to safe water and sanitation continues to claim more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.

Letter From Uganda: Given the Tools to Fight Poverty, Africa's Women Tend to Win

Susan Davis | Posted 12.25.2011 | Women
Susan Davis

When we invest in girls and women, we end up with healthier families, a more flexible workforce, lower HIV rates and a more stable society.

Blogging About 'The Girl Effect'

Tara Sophia Mohr | Posted 12.03.2011 | Women
Tara Sophia Mohr

Research shows that when girls in the developing world have access to education and are therefore able to earn a living, they move their families, and often their entire communities, out of poverty. This ripple effect is called "The Girl Effect."

Turning Bogota's Red Light Green: The Miracle of Microfinance

Elmira Bayrasli | Posted 11.12.2011 | Impact
Elmira Bayrasli

Martha Holguin, a 37-year-old microfinance recipient, is standing on her own feet, but she still has a long way to go. "You'll come back to see me as a businesswoman?" she asks. I take a deep breath to hold back my tears.