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2 Billion People Don’t Have Access to Formal Financial Services

February 14, 2016     By : Elena One of the most wonderful things about 2015, especially as we look forward to the rest of 2016 is that these days FinTech has reached the capability to serve not only the need of the most powerful ones but also to make the world a better place to live …
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5 TED Talks that look at how business, finance can be a force for good

Looking to learn something new or get a different perspective on business, investment and how it can impact development and social change? Here are a five TED Talks that look at how companies can prioritize social issues and how capital from private actors, individuals and corporations, can be invested more efficiently towards sustainability. 1. Audrey …
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First EaSI microfinance deal in Poland with IM to support over 6,000 micro-enterprises

Date: 19 January 2016 The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Inicjatywa Mikro, a Creation Investments portfolio company, have signed a guarantee agreement aimed at supporting more than 6,000 micro-enterprises in Poland under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSi). This new guarantee agreement with Inicjatywa Mikro will cover a loan portfolio of EUR 45 …
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Equitas gets SEBI nod for IPO

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 – 15:20 IST Several PE, VC investors to exit. BY  ISHAAN GERA, VC Circle http://www.vccircle.com/news/micro-finance/2016/01/12/equitas-gets-sebi-nod-ipo Chennai-based Equitas has 520 branches across the country The capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has given the go-ahead to Equitas Holdings Ltd for its initial public offering. The Chennai-based microfinance institution …
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Bill Gates-2016 will be the year of financial inclusion

Microsoft founder Bill Gates on financial inclusion in India, Aadhaar, sanitation and philanthropy in general Photo: Hindustan Times New Delhi: Bill Gates describes himself as a technologist, business leader, and philanthropist. More recently, he was called the most generous man in the world. According to the Forbes magazine, Bill and Melinda Gates have given away …
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Steady and Sustainable Behaviour Change – Lessons from Sonata

November 12, 2015 Female clients of Sonata learn how to repay microloans via mobile phones instead of in person. By Preeti Anand and Sharada Ramanathan Grameen Foundation India, in partnership with Oxigen Services India Pvt. Ltdand Sonata Finance Pvt. Ltd., is using a human-centered design approach to deliver mobile financial services and education to Sonata’s …
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Impact Investing Done Right – Barrons Cover

How three families got their portfolios to profitably reflect their values. By ROBERT MILBURN November 28, 2015 Doug and Kathleen Spencer of Denver are investing their entire portfolio in a way that will help the poor.Photo: Don Cudney for Barron’s Impact investing—the art of creating portfolios that earn market-rate returns while also seeking to advance …
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Grameen Koota Wins Microfinance Organization of the Year (Large) from Microfinance India Awards 2015

We are extremely happy to share the communication received on behalf of the Microfinance India Awards Secretariat, that the distinguished jury of the Microfinance India Awards 2015 has selected our organization as the Winner under the category: Microfinance Organisation of the Year (Large). This is a joyous moment for the entire Team Grameen Koota on …
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SLCM Exclusively Covered On Bloomberg Prime Time

Creation Investments’ portfolio company, Sohanlal Commodity Management, was recently covered by Bloomberg.
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Green credit takes root in Mexico

Jun 24, 2015 When the MIF, in partnership with the Nordic Development Fund, first launched theEcoMicro program—which works with microfinance institutions in the region to develop green credit products—there was a lot we didn’t know for sure. Were there many MFIs out there seeking to make their portfolios more environmentally friendly? Would there be demand among …