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In New Brand of Philanthropy, Nonprofits Invest in For-Profits – NYT.com

  BY STEPHANIE STROM   IMPACT INVESTING A private school in Hyderabad, India, is financed by a company set up by Gray Ghost Ventures. When the W. K. Kellogg Foundation set aside $100 million in 2007 to invest in companies that could produce both social and financial benefits, it was considered revolutionary. Historically, major foundations had used …

Yunus: Social Business Speech at European Microfinance Week 2012

Video | Prof. Mohammed Yunus: Speech at European Microfinance Week 2012 Social Business to meet social needs

Microfinance Growing in Attraction to Private-Equity – WSJ.com

Microfinance Growing in Attraction to Private-Equity By Isabella Steger, November 18, 2012, 9:38 PM Bloomberg News A Hindusthan Microfinance Pvt. Ltd. employee checks loan application forms at the company’s office in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, June 12, 2010. Amid all the negative news surrounding the private-equity industry, one sector that caters to the poor is drawing …

GIIN Expands Collaboration with Omidyar Network, USAID, and The Rockefeller Foundation to Support Growth of the Impact Investing Field

  October 3, 2012—Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today a collaboration to promote impact investing by supporting research, outreach, and other field-building activities undertaken by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). Together the partners have committed $6.5 million to support the GIIN’s work to increase …

Allahabad MFI Sonata Finance raises $6.35M from Creation Investments, others

Chicago-based Creation Investments made its first investment in India in 2010 by picking up stake in Eko India Financial Services. September, 13, 2012: SONATA Finance Pvt. Ltd., an Allahabad based NBFC Microfinance Institution, announced that it has closed its Series D equity raise of Rs.35 crore. The leading investor in this series was Creation Investments, …

Microfinance’s Risky Lending Is a Safe Bet – HuffingtonPost

Posted: 09/14/2012 2:43 pm As I look at the microfinance industry globally, I’m encouraged by the trends and the progress we’ve achieved so far. Whether you search in Wikipedia, CGAP or MIX Market, whatever the source of the data and however qualified, microfinance does have an impact on the lives of some 100 million clients today. And when you take …

A Nobel Prize Winner Under Siege – WSJ.com

The Bangladeshi government is moving to exert control over the celebrated Grameen Bank. By GEORGE SHULTZ AND MADELEINE ALBRIGHT With so many banks making headlines, it is easy to overlook news about Bangladesh’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning Grameen Bank. No, this bank does not need a bailout. Quite the contrary, it has been prospering as it continues to …

Rwanda: Microfinance Sector Triumphs Over Poverty

BY GERTRUDE MAJYAMBERE, 28 AUGUST 2012 Government’s efforts to tackle poverty are bearing fruits courtesy of the fast growth of the microfinance sector. According to statistics, loans disbursed through the sector rose by 25 per cent in the first six months of 2012. By the end of June 2012, a total of 362 out of …

A few dollars more – Microfinance in China

Global Times | 2012-8-28 20:25:03 By Xuyang Jingjing Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on sinaweiboShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services0  E-mail   Print Zhao Chengrong, an elderly farmer from Wufeng township, Hunan Province, is happy to get a preferential loan of 500 yuan to prepare for the coming spring ploughing on March 2, 2011. Photo: IC  For …

The Relationship Between Microfinance, Entrepreneurship And Sustainability In Reducing Poverty In Developing Nations

Organization: The African Youths Organization Solution Description The extent to which microfinance, entrepreneurship and sustainability are inter-related is dependent on the extent to which it addresses the economic development process for example. If we are looking for an action which will enable the poor to overcome their poverty, I would go for credit invested in …