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  1. Tour Around the World with Oikocredit: Cambodia

    26 November 2013 - by Mary Ann Aabye

    In Cambodia, nearly 90% of the population under the poverty line lives in rural areas, where lack of basic infrastructure, education, and productive skills in the countryside have been major causes of the unequitable distribution of Cambodia’s recent economic prosperity. Kredit, an Oikocredit partner, is one of the many Cambodian MFIs working to help combat rural poverty.

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  2. Dirty Chocolate - An Update

    24 October 2013 - by Mary Ann Aabye

    With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time for an update to our blog post “Dirty Chocolate”, which talks about child labor and chocolate. When the post was originally published in 2011, the Harkin-Engel Protocol - legislation aimed at getting large chocolate companies to mark their products as “child labor free” - had reached its 10th anniversary. At the time, little commitment had been made by the major chocolate companies. Two years later, here’s an update on what the producers of your favorite chocolates are doing to help combat forced child labor in cocoa farming.

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  3. A Look at Pricing Transparency in Microfinance: One Year Later

    15 May 2013 - by Sharlene Brown

    A Microfinance Investor Education Series update

    MicrofinanceTransparency is the leading – if not the only­ - microfinance pricing watchdog and analyst in the global microfinance industry. Last year we heard from our colleagues at MFT about trends in pricing transparency as part of Oikocredit USA’s guest-blog series, Microfinance Investor Education series.

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  4. Oikocredit USA Names Social Justice Movement Leader To a Second Term on its Board

    02 April 2013 - by Leah Gage

    Rev. Gary Cook brings expertise in churches’ engagement in diverse programs to Oikocredit USA’s growing board of directors

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  5. Tour Around the World with Oikocredit: Tajikistan

    07 March 2013 - by Mary Ann Aabye

    Tajikistan, which gained independence in 1991 following the break-up of the Soviet Union, is the poorest of the 15 former Soviet republics. IMON International is one of the many organizations working to help the economic condition of the Tajik people.

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  6. Study Tour Senegal: "Terenga"

    20 February 2013 - by Stuart Krengel

    Stuart Krengel just returned from the 2013 Oikocredit Study Tour to Casamance, Senegal. Over the course of a week, he met Oikocredit staff and volunteers from all over the world, visited partners and connected with the end beneficiaries of Oikocredit's funds.

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  7. Study Tour Senegal: Too Many Mangoes, and a Memorable Celebration

    14 February 2013 - by Stuart Krengel

    Stuart Krengel is currently on location in Casamance, Senegal, participating in the 2013 Oikocredit study tour. Throughout the week, Stuart will be blogging from the field about his experiences and the impact of Oikocredit’s work in the field. Yesterday he visited COPEX, an Oikocredit mango growing cooperative partner.

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  8. Study Tour Senegal: Who is “the Oikocredit Network”? An update from Stuart Krengel

    12 February 2013 - by Stuart Krengel

    Stuart Krengel is currently on location in Casamance, Senegal, participating in the 2013 Oikocredit study tour. Throughout the week, Stuart will be blogging from the field about his experiences and the impact of Oikocredit’s work in the field. He’s joined by Oikocredit volunteers and staff from all over the world.

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  9. Study Tour Senegal: Stuart Arrives on African Soil

    11 February 2013 - by Stuart Krengel

    Stuart Krengel embarks on an Oikocredit USA Study tour to Senegal.

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  10. Tour Around the World with Oikocredit: Senegal

    07 February 2013 - by Mary Ann Aabye

    Today, Oikocredit USA’s Stuart Krengel will be traveling to the Casamance region of Senegal to meet with Oikocredit field staff and learn more about the work our partners are doing in Senegal. Before he leaves, this installment of Tour around the World with Oikocredit will explore the Oikocredit’s investments in one of Senegal’s major economic activities – mango farming.

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  11. Poverty Measurement in Microfinance: Poverty Outreach Results in the Philippines

    07 December 2012 - by Leah Gage

    In case you missed today's webinar on PPI outreach in the Philippines with Christopher Tan, here's an overview of what he discussed.

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  12. Tour Around the World with Oikocredit: Kenya

    02 November 2012 - by Mary Ann Aabye

    It has been estimated that nearly one billion people across Africa, Asia, and Latin America do not have a bank account, but do own a cell phone - that’s nearly 14% of the world’s population that cannot access formal financial services but can send a text message. But it is also one billion possible solutions to the overwhelming lack of financial access in many developing countries.

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  13. Scrapbook: Summer of Microfinance & Cooperatives 2012

    12 September 2012 - by Leah Gage

    A busy summer for Oikocredit USA comes to an end as Washington, DC temperatures turn from severely humid to almost chilly. This summer we were proud to host our 3rd annual Summer of Microfinance and Cooperatives, a summer-long campaign to raise awareness of Oikocredit & our work in responsible microfinance & supporting cooperatives. Across the country, we engaged with investors, volunteers, and many people new to Oikocredit USA and the concept of socially responsible investing.

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  14. Poverty Measurement in Microfinance: Interview with Cris Lomboy, PPI Implementer in the Phiilippines

    15 August 2012 - by Sharlene Brown

    Oikocredit USA National Director Sharlene Brown interviewed Cris Lomboy, the Asia Regional PPI Specialist for Grameen Foundation, to understand how an organization implements and ultimately utilizes the PPI in its processes.

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  15. Tour Around the World with Oikocredit: Ecuador

    17 July 2012 - by Mary Ann Aabye

    As a part of our Summer of Microfinance and Cooperatives, Oikocredit’s Yoli Nunez is touring the US, speaking about Social Performance Management in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru. Yoli is the Regional Social Performance Management and Capacity Building Coordinator for Oikocredit’s programs in the northern region of South America. In this Tour around the World with Oikocredit segment, we are highlighting one of the countries she works in: Ecuador.

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  16. Study Tour Bulgaria: Our Amazing Bulgaria Team

    19 May 2012 - by Leah Gage

    Of all the things I have learned on this study tour to Bulgaria, one of the most poignant has been the strength of our team in Bulgaria. Their impact here is apparent: not only through the financial portfolio – Bulgaria’s portfolio at risk is 0% – but through the close relationships we saw between the clients we met and the Bulgaria team members.

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  17. Study Tour Bulgaria: Voices of Oikocredit's Clients

    17 May 2012 - by Leah Gage

    ..and our clients’ clients

    This week I’ve felt the overwhelming spirit of cooperatives, having visited three agricultural and credit institutions founded, owned, and managed by a collective of individuals working together. I’ve met a range of people, too – cooperative chairpersons, managers, employees, members, borrowers, and overall beneficiaries in the community. Their words and their stories really speak for themselves. Not every story is one of success – but every story was one of gratitude for an institution built by and for people just like themselves in the interest of creating a stronger community and a better life for its members.

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  18. Study Tour Bulgaria: "The Future is in Our Youth"

    16 May 2012 - by Leah Gage

    Oikocredit USA’s Leah Gage has headed to Eastern Bulgaria to spend the week with our Bulgaria Country Office staff and spend time at the agricultural and credit cooperatives Oikocredit funds there. Follow her as she posts her findings from the field! @OikocreditUSA #OikoinBulgaria

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  19. Study Tour Bulgaria: Why Have I Come?

    15 May 2012 - by Leah Gage

    Oikocredit USA’s Leah Gage has headed to Eastern Bulgaria to spend the week with our Bulgaria Country Office staff and spend time at the agricultural and credit cooperatives Oikocredit funds there. Follow her as she posts her findings from the field! @OikocreditUSA #OikoinBulgaria

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  20. Tour Around the World with Oikocredit: Bulgaria

    30 April 2012 - by Leah Gage

    Oikocredit is known worldwide for taking bigger chances on smaller organizations that may be considered riskier investments. But as was shown in Bulgaria – and has been shown time and again throughout the world* – our willingness to take those chances often pays off, and helps those most in need. This installment of Tour Around the World with Oikocredit explores our investments in Bulgaria, and introduces this former Soviet Bloc country ahead of our staff person Leah’s trip there next week!

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  21. An Interview with Steve Wright, Social Performance Director for Grameen Foundation

    18 April 2012 - by Sharlene Brown

    Oikocredit USA National Director Sharlene Brown sat down with Steve to learn some of the motivations behind and benefits to poverty measurement and the PPI specifically. Prior to her role at Oikocredit USA, Sharlene was a Senior Program Officer for GF in charge of implementing and training on the PPI.

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  22. International Women's Day: Highlighting Inequalities & Applauding Solutions

    05 March 2012 - by Leah Gage

    Thursday, March 8th is International Women’s Day. Why do we celebrate International Women’s Day? It is an annually recognized date in which we salute women’s achievements in their struggle for quality and justice. It’s also a day in which we highlight the gender issues that remain unsolved and applaud initiatives created to provide those solutions. One such issue affecting women and children is a lack of access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene

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  23. Pricing Transparency in Microfinance: Interview with Chuck Waterfield, CEO of MFTransparency

    08 February 2012 - by Sharlene Brown

    This is a continuation of Oikocredit USA’s Microfinance Investor Education Series, or MIE Series, designed to educate investors, donors and advisors about social impact issues in microfinance investing. In this third installation, Chuck Waterfield, CEO of MicroFinance Transparency, talks with us about pricing methodologies and the progress that has been made in pricing transparency in the last of our three-part series. You can read the first and second installations of the pricing transparency series here.

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  24. Director's Corner: Examining our Good Intentions

    03 February 2012 - by Sharlene Brown

    Director’s Corner follows Oikocredit USA National Director Sharlene Brown as she reflects on her work and her travels to investors and supportive communities in the US.

    Last weekend I attended Rotary’s Symposium to Eliminate Poverty Sustainably (STEPS) and was blown away at the commitment to service of Rotarians around the world. This symposium gave me the opportunity to hear about the projects Rotarians have supported in Peru, Indonesia, Haiti, and Afghanistan.

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  25. Director's Corner: Contemplations in Early 2012

    16 January 2012 - by Sharlene Brown

    Director’s Corner follows Oikocredit USA National Director Sharlene Brown as she reflects on her work and her travels to investors and supportive communities in the US.

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  26. The Oikocredit Value Chain - from Investor to Borrower

    21 December 2011 - by Leah Gage

    Oikocredit’s motto is “Investing in People.” But what does that mean – and how can investments funds from US investors reach entrepreneurs and workers in the poorest countries worldwide? Oikocredit USA staffer Leah Gage breaks it down.

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  27. Tour Around the World with Oikocredit: Peru

    22 November 2011 - by Leah Gage

    This week we’re sharing information about the success of microfinance in Peru. Oikocredit’s Regional Manager for the Northern Andean Region in South America- Frank Rubio- recently hosted a webinar on Oikocredit’s microfinance partners in Peru, such as PRISMA!

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  28. Tour Around the World with Oikocredit: Ghana

    15 November 2011 - by Leah Gage

    Ghana has also been rated as 2nd amongst countries with the quickest-growing GDP for 2011[ii]. However, the economic promise of oil doesn’t trickle down to those living at the “Bottom of the Pyramid”- the poorest of the poor in Ghana.The latest economic indicators show that almost 30% of the population lives on $1.25 a day[i]. Ghana’s export economy churns through a pool of poor day-laborers who mine gold and produce cocoa. This type of economic activity gives them little chance to develop businesses that contribute to reliable and consistent incomes.

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  29. Pricing Transparency in Microfinance: "There is no single market price for micro-loans"

    24 October 2011 - by Leah Gage

    This is a continuation of Oikocredit USA’s Microfinance Investor Education Series, or MIE Series, designed to educate investors, donors and advisors about social impact issues in microfinance investing. Alexandra Fiorillo at MicroFinance Transparency, our guest blogger, presents her second installation of MFTransparency’s three-part series on pricing transparency. The first installation identified the two main issues that contribute to non-transparent pricing in the microfinance sector: no single pricing for micro-loans and no single pricing methodology. This installation will take us deeper into the lack of a single price for micro-loans.

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  30. Director's Corner: Witnessing NOLA's Revitalization and our Spirit of Support

    17 October 2011 - by Sharlene Brown

    Director’s Corner follows Oikocredit USA National Director Sharlene Brown through her travels to investors and supportive communities in the US.

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  31. Tour Around the World with Oikocredit: India

    14 October 2011 - by Leah Gage

    We’d like to offer a report on what Oikocredit’s Social Performance Manager, Ging Ledesma, has been doing on a recent trip to Vallanadu, in the Tamil Nadu state of India.

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  32. Dirty Chocolate

    30 September 2011 - by Leah Gage

    With Halloween right around the corner, Americans are about to indulge in their favorite candies, such as M&Ms, Snickers, and Kit-Kats. In fact, we individually enjoy almost 11 pounds of chocolate a year![i] Americans demand $4.3 billion in cocoa imports—that’s 1,222,300 metric tons of cocoa! [ii] However, did you know that the companies that make your favorite treats may be guilty of supporting child labor and human trafficking in West Africa? The Ivory Coast, where 43% of the world’s cocoa is produced [iii], is estimated to have over 100,000 child slaves working on cocoa plantations [iv]. So why is nothing being done to stop this? Well, the cocoa industry makes $1 trillion in yearly revenues[v] and has significant power in the U.S. economy[vi]. In 2001, two American lawmakers[vii] created legislation to get large chocolate companies to label their products “child-labor free,” launching a subsequent campaign that brought them to the Ivory Coast. This month, we’ve reached the 10th anniversary of that act and little progress has been made.

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  33. Oikocredit Summer of Microfinance Scrapbook

    06 September 2011 - by Leah Gage

    Review of our second annual Summer of Microfinance

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  34. Pricing Transparency in Microfinance: Path to Pricing Clarity in a Market for Low-Income Borrowers

    15 August 2011 - by Leah Gage

    This is a continuation of Oikocredit USA’s Microfinance Investor Education Series, or MIE Series, designed to educate investors, advisors and fiduciaries about social impact issues in microfinance investing. Today’s blog is the first of a series of Guest Blogs by Alexandra Fiorillo at MicroFinance Transparency.

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  35. The Interest Rate Debate: How is Oikocredit Protecting Clients?

    09 August 2011 - by Leah Gage

    This blog is part of Oikocredit’s newest educational series, Microfinance Investor Education Series – or MIE Series. The series is designed to educate investors, advisors and fiduciaries about social impact issues in microfinance investing.

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  36. Understanding the Double-Bottom Line

    21 July 2011 - by Leah Gage

    Yesterday, Oikocredit USA staff attended a seminar on Microfinance Investment Transparency and Evaluation, with presentations by Chuck Waterfield of MFTransparency and Sebastian von Stauffenberg of MicroRate. The recap of that event is posted here and below.

    On Wednesday, July 20, Chuck Waterfield of MFTransparency and Sebastian von Stauffenberg of MicroRate explained important steps for expanding transparency and evaluation of microfinance institutions at the After Hours Seminar, sponsored by Microenterprise Development office of USAID.

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  37. A View from the Field: Oikocredit Projects Partner BELITA

    29 June 2011 - by Leah Gage

    by Joyce Erickson, Oikocredit Northwest Support Association

    The Oikocredit Northwest Support Association has been around for more than two years, but this is the first time I have participated in the Annual General Meeting. This summer the meeting was in Dar es Salaam and proved to be a powerful experience. On this trip, I have had the opportunity to meet international and local East African staff as well as other support associations representatives from around the world. As constituents of Oikocredit we were able to see for ourselves how our investments improve the lives of poor and low-income people.

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  38. Tour Around the World with Oikocredit: Honduras

    28 June 2011 - by Leah Gage

    Jo Ann Swahn is the Executive Director of Honduras Good Works, an education and health development organization that works to empower Hondurans to break the cycle of poverty. Honduras Good Works is introducing an economic development component to their holistic approach to poverty alleviation, and Jo Ann recently visited Oikocredit’s Honduras Office to learn more about the microfinance landscape there.

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  39. Tour Around the World with Oikocredit: Tanzania

    13 June 2011 - by Leah Gage

    Oikocredit’s 2011 Summer meetings ahead of its Annual General Meeting begin today in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. To mark the occasion, Oikocredit is launching the newest addition to our blog, Tour Around the World with Oikocredit. Poverty looks different in every country, every community. With partners in 71 different countries worldwide, Oikocredit has an opportunity to share important information about poverty in the countries in which we work. This week we share information about Tanzania.

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  40. Summer of Microfinance Kicks Off Today

    03 June 2011 - by Leah Gage

    Today marks the kick-off of Oikocredit’s 2nd Summer of Microfinance campaign, an initiative started last year to raise awareness of the power and effectiveness of microfinance…when it is done correctly. More than four decades ago, some pioneering individuals with foresight realized the poor could be empowered through the provision of credit for the expansion of productive capacities. In simple terms, we are talking about small loans made to poor women and men to invest in income-generating projects and expand their financial contribution to their homes and communities.

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  41. Why do you invest?

    19 May 2011 - by Leah Gage

    So we want to know: why do you invest? What inspired you to invest your hard-earned funds in income-generating projects for the working poor around the globe? Tell us here by commenting below.

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  42. Oikocredit's 2nd Summer of Microfinance Kicks Off June 3

    06 May 2011 - by Leah Gage

    Oikocredit USA, a member of Netherlands-based cooperative financial institution Oikocredit, is launching its second Summer of Microfinance campaign on June 3, 2011. The national kick-off event will take place on Friday, June 3 at 6pm and feature Terry Provance of Oikocredit USA and Leigh Carter of Fonkoze USA.

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  43. This Mother's Day, Honor Your Own Mom by Investing in Another

    02 May 2011 - by Leah Gage

    Most of us know how much our mothers do, and have always done, for us. We know how important they are, and how we rely on them for support, no matter if we are young or old, rich or poor. Our mothers would sacrifice everything so that we are safe and happy – I think this is a universal trait of mothers all throughout the world. And for one day each year, we officially honor them for being, in many ways, the most important woman in our lives.

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  44. Oikocredit and Rotary Launch Strategic Partnership

    13 April 2011 - by Leah Gage

    EVANSTON, Ill. – Entrepreneurs and microfinance institutions in developing countries will benefit from a new strategic partnership between the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, a global humanitarian service organization, and Oikocredit, a Netherlands-based cooperative financial institution that promotes socially responsible investing.

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  45. Poignant words from Oikocredit Staff in Ivory Coast

    06 April 2011 - by Leah Gage

    Political unrest-turned-Civil War in Ivory Coast as reaching a frightening head.

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  46. Violence in the Ivory Coast escalates; Oikocredit office remains open

    23 March 2011 - by Leah Gage

    Violence, unrest, and conflict continue to plague the Ivory Coast, especially the nation’s largest city of Abidjan and surrounding Abobo suburbs. Following the November 2010 election in which President Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to his opponent Alassane Ouattara, recognized by the U.N. and international community as the winner of the election, peaceful protests were met by violent government backlash that continues to escalate. Oikocredit is particularly concerned for the staff of our West Africa Support Office located in Abidjan.

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  47. Today of all days, honor each woman

    08 March 2011 - by Sharlene Brown

    Today marks 100 years since we first celebrated International Women’s Day. Remarkably, 100 years later, the world’s most prominent political and economic leaders are still calling for equitable investment in poor women around the world.

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  48. Defining Microcredit

    25 February 2011 - by Leah Gage

    The term microcredit is multifaceted; it is difficult to define and refers to a wide variety of lending practices. Clients of microcredit borrow individually and in groups, known as self-help groups (SHGs); they borrow to invest directly in their business, or in their children’s education; they borrow to pay for healthcare, or build a personal home. Microcredit encompasses not only loans, but financial tools such as savings accounts and insurance.

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  49. Cultivating Microfinance Awarness

    19 January 2011 - by Leah Gage

    As Oikocredit gears up for our upcoming event in Washington, DC this Friday, I find myself getting really excited. My anticipation has been mounting for a while, and not just because it’s going to be a great party (and everyone loves a party!). Considering all the press  surrounding microfinance lately, I’m particularly looking forward to this Awareness Party as an opportunity to engage in discussion at a much-needed time.

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  50. Social Performance in Microfinance: The Progress out of Poverty Index

    04 January 2011 - by Sharlene Brown

    We all know there are many socially responsible organizations out there. However, not all fully implement their goals and missions. It’s easy to want to change things, to have a desire to improve the world, but it’s much more difficult to make sure those changes are carried out successfully and consistently. Because of this, social performance, transparency, and enforcement have become leading focuses in the non-profit world.

    Read more about "Social Performance in Microfinance: The Progress out of Poverty Index"

  51. Innovative Solutions: Approaches to Energy in Haiti

    03 January 2011 - by Leah Gage

    As we approach the one year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation of Haiti on January 12th, we are forced to reflect on the progress that has been made in the last twelve months.

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  52. What is Microfinance?

    12 December 2010 - by Leah Gage

    Microfinance offers poor people access to basic financial services such as loans, savings, money transfer services and microinsurance. People living in poverty, like everyone else, need a diverse range of financial services to run their businesses, build assets, smooth consumption, and manage risks.

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