Microfinance

Driving Inclusive Growth through Community-Based Solutions

September 10, 2018

by Sarah Glaswand There is a common misperception that people who are poor don’t know how to manage their finances. In addition, many believe the poor do not have money to save. On the contrary, those of limited means often …

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How Technology is Allowing Grameen America to Scale

August 14, 2018

Grameen America is a leading microfinance organization serving low-income women in 13 U.S. cities. Its roots stretch all the way to Bangladesh, the home of the Grameen Bank, and its founder, Muhammad Yunus, who pioneered microfinance and was awarded a Nobel …

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The ‘Start Small, Stay Small’ Dilemma: How Nonprofit/Private Partnerships Can Boost Women-Owned Businesses

April 10, 2018

by Gina Harman and Andrea Jung Two influential CEOs in the U.S. non-profit lending sector write about the promise of women-owned businesses and their partnership with the Center for Inclusive Growth. Between 2007 and 2016, women started businesses five times …

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Toward a Less-Cash India

October 4, 2017

How fintech innovations can help small merchants realize the benefits of financial inclusion. Rambabu sells tea in India. Like most businesses in the country, Rambabu’s tea shop is small and deals in cash. He makes about 500 cups of tea …

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Using Mobile Data to Enable Financial Inclusion

June 2, 2016

Technology is allowing companies to leverage the wealth of data produced by mobile phones to facilitate lending to the un- or underbanked.  This post is published in partnership with News Deeply. A version of this article first appeared on Harvard’s Evidence …

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Financing Water: Taking Microloans Beyond Business

August 5, 2016

An innovative model for helping the poor access clean water to live healthier and more productive lives. Published in partnership with News Deeply For a long time, microloans for household water and sanitation (WASH) investment did not seem fundable. They’re …

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Connecting At Least One Million People to the Formal Economy by 2020: Can Machine Learning Be Used to Solve Financial Inclusion?

July 15, 2015

MasterCard Taps the Creative Destruction Lab and MBAs from Canada’s Leading Management School to Tackle a Global and Multifaceted Problem By Sophie Milman, Director of Outreach & Communications, The Creative Destruction Lab The lack of financial inclusion is a problem …

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