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IPO Pits Profit vs. Altruism – WSJ.com

Indian Microlender Sees Scale in Capitalism; Industry Pioneer Has His Doubt . By ERIC BELLMAN . Hyderabad, India . SKS Microfinance Ltd. moved a step closer to bringing Wall Street to the slums of India. But that also will bring more criticism from microfinance experts who say profits and initial public offerings have no place …
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MicroCred completes the sale of its Mexican operations to Creation Investments’ Portfolio Company Aspire

MicroCred completes the sale of its Mexican operations. . Paris, June 7th, 2010 . On June 4th, the MicroCred Group completed the successful sale of its Mexican operations. MicroCred concluded an agreement with Fig Tree Ventures (a management company of microfinance institutions based in the US) on the sale of MicroCred Mexico. The transaction includes …
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With Impact Investing, a Focus on More Than Returns

With Impact Investing, a Focus on More Than Returns . By PAUL SULLIVAN . The very phrase “impact investing” sounds rapacious, but it is an emerging hybrid of philanthropy and private equity that proponents say is about to become more widespread. It is also something that has some very rich people intrigued. . “It’s filling …
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Elisabeth Rhyne: Why are microfinance interest rates so high?

Elisabeth Rhyne: Why are microfinance interest rates so high? . May 28, 2010 . Americans often suffer sticker shock when they hear about interest rates charged in international microfinance. At annualized rates above 20 percent, most Americans start getting uncomfortable, and when they hear that in some places annual rates rise as high as 100 …
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Counting the world’s unbanked – McKinsey Quarterly

Counting the world’s unbanked . MARCH 2010: Alberto Chaia, Tony Goland, and Robert Schiff Source: Social Sector Practice . Fully 2.5 billion of the world’s adults don’t use banks or microfinance institutions to save or borrow money, but unserved doesn’t mean unservable. . Fully 2.5 billion of the world’s adults don’t use formal banks or …
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10 Determinants of Interest Rates in Microfinance

10 Determinants of Interest Rates in Microfinance . April 17, 2010 by Fehmeen Source: lormet.com . While the necessity of charging interest on microcredit has been widely accepted, there seems to be plenty of disagreement over the level of interest rate charged by microfinance providers because the factors that go into these calculations are not …
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How to Tell Good MFIs from Bad MFIs

An excellent article below which enumerates the difficulty of using an interest rate only to determine “good” vs “bad”. This article also illustrates well the value of the for-profit model, driving higher financial and social returns. This seems like a contradiction in terms, but the empirical evidence begs the question of superior social impact for …
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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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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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To Help Haiti (For the long term), End Foreign Aid – WSJ

While Haiti clearly needs aid and compassion now, the long term prospects will remain weak if not coupled with a rigorous rebuilding and foreign direct investment plan. The Haitian government must work toward building a legislative framework for the protection of human rights and establishment of a robust private sector. . To Help Haiti, End …