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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. For the 2.5 A major challenge for international development efforts is determining which financial tools provide durable buffers against such setbacks.

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

She's spending the summer in Dhaka doing microfinance. Let's hear it from her. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. My uncle pushes engineering.

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The Microfinance Contagion Scenario

Harvard Business Review

So far, the Andhra Pradesh (AP) microfinance crisis has largely been viewed as a local issue, with relatively little impact beyond AP or India's borders. Other microfinance crises, in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Bosnia, have not spread beyond the borders of a particular country. That's exactly what's happening.

What is the best way to make a difference in the world?

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My solution was to found a microfinance organization that puts women in a position to create their own destinies and achieve their full potential.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

Berkeley researcher Kentaro Toyama has a blog dedicated to calling out naïve or inappropriate uses of information and communication technologies (ICT).

How One Startup Developed a Sales Model That Works in Emerging Markets

Harvard Business Review

Experiment #5: Microfinance Institutions. In emerging markets, microfinance has been a key economic engine in helping low-income households fund businesses and other important purchases in daily life. It was a daunting investment, but well worth the quality-of-life improvement. I am the cofounder and CEO of BioLite.

The Conference That’s Trying to Reinvent How We Network

Harvard Business Review

C2 Montréal’s outdoor plaza at night. Courtesy of C2. What made it so different was the way people were interacting. Attending a Conference.

Scaling Up Without Losing Your Edge

Harvard Business Review

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How Social Entrepreneurs Can Have the Most Impact

Harvard Business Review

Or consider Kwabena Darko of Ghana, who helped found that country’s microfinance sector by forging a collaboration between global NGO Opportunity International , his national startup Sinapi Aba , and a myriad of village- and town-based trust groups. Social enterprise in the U.S. is a fast-growing, but fragmented, movement. In the broader U.S.

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

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Transforming Rural India Through Agricultural Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Promotion of climate resilient agriculture, resource conserving technologies and promotion of use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in agriculture are being attempted too. Over 1,900 beneficiaries have established micro-enterprises for which microfinance has been facilitated. NAF is an interesting experiment.

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.

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Or, you can try finding it with the information below. Peer-to-Peer Microfinance: A Sustainable Solution to Poverty. Twitter. LINKEDIN.

Entrepreneurs: You're More Important Than Your Business Plan

Harvard Business Review

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Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

She's spending the summer in Dhaka doing microfinance. Let's hear it from her. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. My uncle pushes engineering.

Global Entrepreneurs Need New Funding Models

Harvard Business Review

We wanted to do this because we recognize that small enterprises are a very significant engine for development; they create employment, which tends to be more sustainable and better paid than you would find in the more informal microfinance sector," says Oxfam's Nicholas Colloff. Further research is underway now.

Using Games to Get a Handle on Bank Risk

Harvard Business Review

Popular games also tend to spawn communities who share information and strategies about how to overcome hurdles, suggesting that peer to peer education is also possible (this has been seen in microfinance). Bank marketing materials focus on the dreams, anxieties and goals of consumers. Data suggests that these are not sufficient.