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Making a profit from making a difference – FT.com

August 5, 2012 5:40 am Making a profit from making a difference By Sophia Grene ©GettySustainable logging carried out in Cameroon in the Congo Basin natural woodland: preserving forests is just one project impact investing can help To many, investment is purely about generating a return on their money, but a growing band of wealthy …
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Microfinance as a Tool to Alleviate Poverty – Forbes

Amy Neumann, Dell For millions of people without access to traditional banking, the internet is a lot more than a place to share the latest family photos. It’s an opportunity to tell their stories and gain access to small loans that can change their lives. Just 10 percent of the global population has access to traditional …
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Notre Dame, MIT Economists Demonstrate Wage Impacts of Large Microfinance Program

JULY 20, 2012 BY GBE FACTS LEAVE A COMMENT Fonkoze Credit Center – Participants in Chemen Lavi Miyó, a program offered by Fonkoze (a microfinance organization). The participants meet twice a week in Mirebalais, Haiti, to learn basic life skills. Photographer: Laura Elizabeth Poh A major argument in favor of microfinance is that the poor who live in areas …
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Using Small Loans to Generate Big Profits – Microlending Drives One of Africa’s Most Ambitious Banks – WSJ.com

By SOLOMON MOORE NAIROBI, Kenya—At a recent group-lending meeting in the Kawangware slum, about 10 miles from downtown, Jackson Munyovi sought $350 to build a new shanty for his wife and two children.   Nichole Sobecki for The Wall Street JournalJackson Munyovi borrowed $350 to build a new shanty for his two children and wife. The …
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Doughnuts Defeating Poverty – NYT.com

OP-ED COLUMNIST By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Published: July 4, 2012 53 Comments MASUMBA, Malawi Damon Winter/The New York Times Nicholas D. Kristof Nicholas D. Kristof/The New York Times Biti Rose Nasoni in the village of Masumba, Malawi. If you want to understand some of the best new ideas to chip away at global poverty, an excellent place …
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The State and Future of Impact Investing – Forbes

Photo: Jai Catalano In a recent interview with Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, we discussed his new book about the impact investing sector, emerging trends and ideas in this space, challenges and opportunities moving forward, what the world would look like if the potential of impact investing were to be realized, and advice to …
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Impact Investing Market Predicted to Grow to $500 Billion by 2014

August 3, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The fourth annual Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP11) will be held September 6-9 at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. Hundreds of global innovators including investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs representing 75 countries are expected to gather in San Francisco to address the impact investing …