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SKS Microfinance Files for IPO – WSJ.com

MARCH 26, 2010, 4:04 A.M. ET . SKS Microfinance Files for IPO . By JOHN SATISH KUMAR . MUMBAI — SKS Microfinance Ltd. has filed a preliminary prospectus with the Indian capital market regulator to raise about $250 million through a proposed initial public offering, seeking to become the first microfinance company in India to …
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Microfinance, Mega Impact – Harvard Business Review

Microfinance, Mega Impact 11:21 AM Tuesday March 16, 2010  by Vijay Govindarajan Microfinance is more than an innovative scheme to provide loans to poor people. At its core, it’s about individual empowerment and dignity. . This January, I took 50 senior executives from global corporations to India. As part of their learning experience, I invited …
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Aravind: How low-cost eye care can be world-class

India’s revolutionary Aravind Eye Care System has given sight to millions. Thulasiraj Ravilla looks at the ingenious approach that drives its treatment costs down and quality up, and why its methods should trigger a re-think of all human services.  Aravind Eye Care case study is one of the best case studies that can be applied …
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The Girl Effect & The Nike Foundation

The Girl Effect: The powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate in their society. . WHY GIRLS? . Because when adolescent girls in the developing world have a chance, they can be the most powerful force of change for themselves, their families, communities and nations. . But while …
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Microfinance Shows Strong Equity Valuations Despite Crisis

Microfinance Shows Strong Equity Valuations Despite Crisis . WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Sustained demand for microfinance equity, in the face of the worst financial crisis in decades, continued to propel valuations in this sector higher throughout 2009 and the medium-term outlook remains positive, according to a new report by CGAP, a microfinance group based …
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Compartamos Banco, a Mexican Microfinance Bank, Reports 33% Increases in Net Income and Total Loan Portfolio for 2009

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Compartamos Banco, a Mexican Microfinance Bank, Reports 33% Increases in Net Income and Total Loan Portfolio for 2009 . Posted by Eric McKay in Category: Latin America at 12:25 am . Compartamos Banco, a Mexican microfinance bank, reports that both its net income and its total loan portfolio increased by 33 percent in …
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Microfinance’s Midlife Crisis – WSJ

Microfinance’s Midlife Crisis . MARCH 1, 2010 . Companies that provide banking services in developing countries are attracting private investment. But is the industry losing sight of its mission to alleviate poverty? . By JULIAN EVANS . From humble beginnings, microfinance—a system of providing tiny loans and savings accounts to the poor—has grown into a …
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The Revolution Has Gone Mobile

The Revolution Has Gone Mobile New York Times Published: February 19, 2010 By mid-2010, there will be 6.8 billion humans on this planet. According to United Nations estimates, there also will be five billion cellphone subscriptions. These are astonishing numbers. What is still more astonishing, and hopeful, is the breadth of change this number reflects. …