Unitus President on Bloomberg

Jan 30, 2009 — Unitus President Ed Bland spoke with Bloomberg Television about Unitus’ work and the future of microfinance. Ed was in New York for a series of conversations centered around the Microcredit Summit Campaign’s announcement that in 2007, more than 106 million of the world’s poorest families (those living on less than $1.25/day) … [Read more…]

Brown Students Start Microfinance Bank

Jan 29, 2009 — Four Brown students are launching Providence’s first microfinance bank in Olneyville next month to give loans to poor entrepreneurs and to immigrants looking to become permanent residents and citizens. (full article)

Bjork lends her name to Icelandic investment fund

Dec 18, 2008 — Icelandic star Bjork and financial services firm Audur Capital have launched a venture capital fund named after the singer which is focused on feminine values and the environment, they said Thursday. Audur Capital, which numbers 15 women among its 17 employees, says its aim is “incorporating feminine values into the world … [Read more…]

LendtoEndPoverty Launched

Jan. 28, 2009 — ACCION International, a pioneer and leader in microfinance, today formally announced that its ‘Lend to End Poverty’ campaign and petition, calling on economic leaders to promote and prioritize microfinance at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2009, crossed the 20,000 signature mark in advance of the WEF opening today in … [Read more…]

Davos Leaders Should Look to Microfinance

Jan 28, 2009 — Alex Raksin on Huffington Post: When the World Economic Summit convened today in Davos…among the top, as yet unanswered questions was, “What will provide [future] growth?,” and as the summit’s chairman and founder, Klaus Schwab, asked, “Where should leaders look to find a new “transformative vision for international finance”? The answer … [Read more…]

Publishing Opportunity for Microfinance Professionals

For you experts in microfinance out there who have aspirations to write, here is an opportunity to participate in a project that won’t require you to put together an entire book. Dr. Arvind Ashta of the Burgundy School of Business in France is editing a book and is seeking chapter authors. Here is an excerpt … [Read more…]

Microfinance: Ready For Its Big Leap?

Microfinance: Ready For Its Big Leap? As the CEO of Accion Texas, Janie Barrera has plenty of lending success stories to tell. There’s the Colombian woman in Dallas who launched a translation business, and today counts the likes of 3M and Southwest Airlines as clients. Or the African-American man in Houston whose idea of…(full article)

Farmers Trade Crops for Solar Lighting in the Solomons

Farmers Trade Crops for Solar Lighting in the Solomons: Using crops in a unique barter system, a new microfinance project in the Solomon Islands has successfully implemented a solar lighting finance scheme, enabling communities to trade crops for much needed access to light. (full press release)

Water 1st, Beer 2nd Fundraiser

Join Water First International for their 4th Annual Water 1st–Beer 2nd Fundraiser at Seattle’s Lake Union Park, Naval Reserve Building (“The Armory”), on Friday, February 27, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. Serving water 1st, and beer (or root beer) 2nd! Food, beverages, live music, dancing, silent auction, and a short Water 1st film and presentation, plus … [Read more…]