Entrepreneurship Needs to Be a Bigger Part of U.S. Foreign Aid

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In 2007 such young enterprises created almost two-thirds of the nation’s 12 million new jobs. These colossal “beltway bandits” work everywhere from Afghanistan to Zambia and purport to offer expertise in everything from microfinance to micro-irrigation.

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Businesses Serving the Poor Need to Get Over Their Unease About Profit

Harvard Business Review

The microfinance industry is a rare D and E success story. Microfinance banks, which provide desperately needed loans to low-income consumers, draw mainstream investors because of their attractive returns. Mexico-based Compartamos , a microfinance bank that sold 35% of the company for $450 million in 2007, generates a NIM of around 60%.

Funders Can Give More than Money

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percent lower than its value in 2007. Six years ago, David and Donna Allman approached Opportunity with an idea that fell outside our traditional microfinance model: to build a Community Economic Development (CED) program in Nicaragua. It called for leveraging the profits of the global microfinance institution, and coupling them with private investments from the Allmans and their donor network. We know that microfinance alone will not break the poverty cycle.