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Making Microfinance More Effective

Harvard Business Review

The Grameen model of microfinance gained a great deal of attention in the international development field after early data showed that it was associated with high repayment and low default. Expanded access to microloans did lead some entrepreneurs to increase business investments , but rarely to increased profits. For the 2.5

Book Review: The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook

Chartered Management Institute

The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook by Rupert Scofield is written to guide the aspiring social entrepreneur through the full range of activities of starting, building and running a social business. Rupert is the CEO of the foundation for International Community Assistance, a leading microfinance institution.

Guest Post: An Entrepreneur's Thoughts on Market Incentives & Foreign Aid

Mills Scofield

I think that microfinance is one of those rare game changing social initiatives that manages to use market forces to drive social change.

Learning from Microfinance's Woes

Harvard Business Review

A few weeks ago, I attended a lecture about microfinance, and got sucker-punched. Expecting to hear a litany of pros and cons about the business, and an exploration of good and bad models, I was instead greeted with a knockout punch: Microfinance doesn't work, at least not in the way we think it does. Nonprofit microfinance ANDE

What Makes Social Entrepreneurs Different

Harvard Business Review

When social entrepreneurs say that they want to "work themselves out of a job" they are not making a glib statement to sound cool.

Lessons for Social Entrepreneurs from the Microfinance Crisis

Harvard Business Review

The microfinance industry has in just a few years gone from making headlines for the Nobel Peace Prize to stories about limited impact, allegedly abusive tactics, client suicides, government crackdowns, major lenders struggling with insolvency and the forcible removal of Mohammed Yunus as Managing Director of Grameen Bank.

I'm a bank - well, with the help of Kiva.org!

Jason Womack

Ok for the first 3 people to suggest loan recipients, I will loan to entrepreneurs at www.Kiva.org. Will you join? What is Kiva.org? link].

An Approach to Ending Poverty That Works

Harvard Business Review

Microfinance and other market-based interventions don’t generally reach them. And we may have found a way to do this.

Microfinance Is Good for Women, but It's Only Part of the Solution

Harvard Business Review

Career paths are not one-size-fits-all, yet in emerging markets, it's often assumed that microfinance — the use of small loans to foster self-reliant small businesses in a community setting — is the only path for women seeking economic opportunity. Microfinance was one issue that we considered.

3 Things Driving Entrepreneurial Growth in Africa

Harvard Business Review

In 2014 we described what Western investors want from African entrepreneurs. We recently interviewed 100 entrepreneurs to find out which ventures are most likely to thrive. Fatigue may be setting in for some Western investors’ interest in African innovation, particularly those that have yet to reap rewards to brag about.

The 3 Preconditions for an Entrepreneurial Society

Harvard Business Review

And if you need access to money, crowdfunding platforms and microfinance options make that easier than ever. Consider our means first.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

At the program's peak, 700 pumps covered 27,000 acres, with the loans constituting 9% of BRAC's total microfinance portfolio. million users.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

At the program's peak, 700 pumps covered 27,000 acres, with the loans constituting 9% of BRAC's total microfinance portfolio. million users.

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

Harvard Business Review

” In less mature economies and fragile regions of the world, entrepreneurs are just as, if not more, critical to livelihoods and development.

The Innovation Mindset in Action: Shantha Ragunathan

Harvard Business Review

Sasikala, a Block Development Officer (BDO), talked to the Kodapattinam villagers about microfinance , only Shantha, of all the villagers, saw the opportunity and took action. Selling the cow''s milk would create an income stream, a portion of which would repay the loan; the remainder would lift the cow-owning entrepreneur out of poverty.

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

Harvard Business Review

What does this mean for would-be investors and for the supporters (both individuals and organizations) of social entrepreneurs?

Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop

Harvard Business Review

We allowed microfinance and the venture capital industry the time and space to develop over a few decades. sanitation, housing, mobile banking).

Global Entrepreneurs Need New Funding Models

Harvard Business Review

But many entrepreneurs — particularly those in the world's toughest economies — are still battling to secure the cash they need to launch and run their businesses. These changes have led to entrepreneurs like Howard receiving the cash they need to achieve their dreams. "I Further research is underway now.

It's Not All About Growth for Social Enterprises

Harvard Business Review

Successful examples of this approach are still rare; most people point to microfinance. The assumption is that company growth is good. Maybe.

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. Microfinance is about much more than extending credit. fewer children.

It Takes a Village to Raise an Entrepreneur

Harvard Business Review

For the last two years, we have studied this evolution with our partners at Echoing Green , a fellowship-granting organization that provides seed funding to emerging social entrepreneurs. However, our research reveals that hybrid entrepreneurs are fighting an uphill battle to launch and scale their ventures. Social enterprise

Funders Can Give More than Money

Harvard Business Review

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. On a recent trip, he briefed me on his business plan and on the school's operations with the maturity and confidence of a seasoned entrepreneur.

President Obama Can Make Start-Up America Succeed

Harvard Business Review

Bravo entrepreneurs. Obama has placed real entrepreneurs at the heart of the dialogue, and you appear to be listening to them.

The Downside of Focusing on Women and Girls

Harvard Business Review

David McKenzie's research in Sri Lanka, Mexico, Brazil and Ghana has shown that urban male entrepreneurs typically earn far higher returns from microfinance than women do (in Sri Lanka average returns on capital for women were 0%, for men 10%). What could possibly be wrong with focusing aid programs on women and girls? Of course not.