Innovating The Brick-and-Mortar Injustice Infrastructure

Mills Scofield

This week''s post is by Andy Posner , Co-Founder & Executive Director of Capital Good Fund ( CGF ), a non-profit microfinance organization targeting the root causes of poverty through innovative micro-loans and personal financial coaching.

What Makes Social Entrepreneurs Different

Harvard Business Review

They're out to standardize a business model. That model might solve a social problem — but if it's profitable and doesn't fix the problem, that's okay, too. They till the ground when it is still not clear whether a viable commercial model exists.

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Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop

Harvard Business Review

Note: Each circle represents a business and each color represents a business vertical (e.g. We allowed microfinance and the venture capital industry the time and space to develop over a few decades. Impact investing has captured the world’s imagination.

Facebook Presence Is an Important Clue to a Social Venture's Future

Harvard Business Review

Which are likely to achieve significant social impact within an attractive business model? This makes sense to Milaap.org , a social enterprise in Bangalore that crowdsources low-cost capital for microfinance institutions through its online platform.

Banking on Women and Girls: Key to Global Poverty Alleviation

Harvard Business Review

On this 100th International Women's Day , it is right to reflect on how women have become the heart of the microfinance industry. It is easy to forget that the initial motivation for microfinance roughly 30 years ago was, to a great extent, gender neutral. The pioneering microfinance institutions sought to provide credit to poor entrepreneurs who had no assets to pledge as collateral and, consequently, were denied access to capital by the formal banking sector.