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Microfinance

A New Day for Gugu

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 06.04.2013 | Women
Jane D. Wurwand

I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to South Africa, where I spoke about microlending, financial independence, and women's empowerment to more than 1,000 women during meetings held in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

How the Opportunity Fund Ruined My Rant

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 08.14.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

The discussion asked, "Can dedication to mission and the profit motive co-exist as seamlessly as some microfinance proponents suggest?" It is not as wonky as you might fear.

Natalie Portman, Zoe Saldana Launch Women Microfinancing PSAs

Posted 08.10.2011 | Impact

Actresses Natalie Portman and Zoe Saldana have partnered with FINCA International, a microfinancing charity, to promote its women's entrepreneurship c...

Hillary: Agent of Change, Rock Star

Kathy Kemper | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics
Kathy Kemper

It's a common misperception that the challenges women face are "soft" social issues. But the central role women play in society translates into a "butterfly effect" affecting ever-larger circles of humanity.

The New Face of Microfinance

Nicole Skibola | Posted 07.25.2011 | Impact
Nicole Skibola

With acknowledgment and talk of new microfinance savings products, financial inclusion for individuals and small businesses will hopefully become a reality for millions of Americans.

Measuring Your Money's Impact

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Economic development and scholarly research alike deserves scrutiny. Let's not target our dollars at only what we can document, instead of what we can dream.

Honoring All Women On Mother's Day

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 07.03.2011 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

joinFITE.org (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) is a new microlending website by Kiva.org to benefit women entrepreneurs in low income areas of the U.S. and 56 other countries.

Truth Teller or Bank Teller? Which Are You?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 06.19.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

I wanted to tell my disgruntled microfinance detractor that in a world plagued with 3 billion poor people, there are no easy answers.

The Macro Impact Of Microloans For Women In Poverty

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 06.14.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

The Skoll World Forum is the preeminent global gathering of social entrepreneurs. Over 1,000 of the smartest, most dedicated change agents in the world attend.

What Technology Brings to the Developing World

Ben Cole | Posted 06.07.2011 | Technology
Ben Cole

I would argue that the greatest benefit of technology to this part of the world is not just its ability to solve problems. Rather, technology brings something more, something transcendent: Technology brings empowerment.

Laura Bush Fights to Get the Spotlight Back on Afghanistan

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

At a time when the news cycle has nearly forgotten the war in Afghanistan, the former first lady's goal is to put the nation and its women back in the headlines.

Can A Microfinance Program Provide A Lifeline To America's Unemployed?

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.31.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Could a program that was developed to help lift African women out of extreme poverty also help lift America's long-term unemployed back into the workforce?

To Catch a Dollar Reveals Real Life on a Large Scale

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 05.29.2011 | World
Muhammad Yunus

Throughout the world, there's a reality show playing out in actual communities on a huge scale, a truly authentic show whose message remains consistent, no matter the economic tides.

'To Catch A Dollar': Poor Women, Small Business And A Chance To Succeed In America

Carly Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Carly Schwartz

Can microfinance, a system that works so well in rural pockets of developing countries, be effectively applied to America's urban centers?

An Update on the Muhammad Yunus Situation

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vivian Norris

Supporters of microfinance around the world stand in support of Dr. Yunus and are doing their best to help resolve this situation.

The Sad, Strange Sacking of Muhammad Yunus

Jake Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jake Whitney

On March 2, Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, was abruptly forced from his position as managing director of Grameen Bank, the Bangladesh-based financial institution he founded thirty years ago.

Self-Help Groups: A Powerful Alternative to Traditional Microfinance

Michaela Haas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michaela Haas

Lotus Outreach is working to transform impoverished communities from the inside out.

Nobel Laureate Fights To Keep Job At His Microfinance Bank

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus filed an appeal Wednesday with Bangladesh's highest court in a final attempt to keep his job at th...

Microfinance Leaders Strive to Walk the Walk

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

Vijay Mahajan, founder of the microfinance institution BASIX, and widely regarded as the dean of Indian microfinance, is walking the hot and dusty roads of rural India in his kurta pajama and sandals.

Bangladesh Trying To Fire Nobel Laureate From Microlender

AP | FARID HOSSAIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh's government ordered Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus from his post as head of his microfinance bank Wednesday &ndas...

Bringing The 'Girl Effect' Back Home: Microfinance Projects For American Women

Nicole Skibola | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Nicole Skibola

As the owners of 5.13 million micro-enterprises in the U.S. alone, many low-income women have found that micro-loans are a means to transcend the lower rungs of poverty.

Zafen: Redefining "Interest" in the Changing World of Microfinance

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Microfinance has taken a beating lately for shifting far afield from its humanitarian origins. It's become a good idea gone bad. But all is not lost.

Why Muhammad Yunus and the Poor Need Us More Than Ever

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

Nobel Peace prize winner Yunus has been under attack by not only his leader of government in his native Bangladesh but by those who are upset with what narrows down to Dr. Yunus' stand against corruption and loan sharking.

Paraguayan Tagged for 2011 Achievement Award for Combating Poverty

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

For over 25 years, Martin Burt has been a pioneer in applying microfinance, microfranchise, youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy to address chronic poverty in Paraguay.

Scaling Microfinance: An Economic Imperative

Gina Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gina Harman

These are troubling times, as the spotlight on microfinance has recently led to unfortunate mischaracterizations and a rush to judgment.