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Oscar Perry Abello

28 September 2018

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Hope Credit Union has a mission: serving mostly black, marginalized communities in the South whose capital was historically displaced through slavery. In 2017, the credit union gave out $100 million in loans. ‘That to...

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Sydney Worth

21 August 2018

Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

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NABIN, or the Native American Business Incubator Network, is a creative program intended to address the unique business challenges and opportunities faced by Native Americans. Since 2012, the organization has helped N...

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Anne Hillman

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11 July 2018

Palmer, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, the Knik Tribe’s Community Development Financial Institution is offering financial opportunities to individuals in low-income communities who wouldn't have them otherwise. The organization, and others like ...

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Gerald Kitabu

14 April 2018

Uganda

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Turning bananas into juice isn't a new practice, but it is a less than efficient process for those that do it, and it also tends to lack hygienic care. New technology, however, alleviates this issue while also making ...

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Dylan Matthews

18 October 2017

Stockton, California, United States

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The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration is a new project that hopes to help counteract the loss of jobs and income due to automation and technology. The project will give a random sample of residents money eac...

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Casey Hynes

3 July 2017

Lahore, Pakistan

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The rapid evolution of technology is continually opening new doors for how microfinance projects can be implemented, improved, and scaled. The team at ADDO A.I. sees artificial intelligence as the catalyst for both mi...

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Dyan Machan

17 June 2017

Pokuase, Ghana

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Microfinance was widely lauded for decades as a surefire and promising way to break the cycle of poverty and uplift the economies of the developing world, especially when targeted for women. But hard data has shown th...

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Carah Wertheimer

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7 June 2017

Lafayette, Colorado, United States

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After taking a year off, the Lafayette Farmers Market in Colorado is back in action and piloting a new type of incentive program that is based on guaranteed-minimum sales for participating farmers. A first of its kind...

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Jacob McCleland

23 May 2017

Madhubani, Bihar, India

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In many rural villages in Northern India and Nepal, long-standing cultural norms have relegated women to subordinate positions in marriage and minimal educational opportunities, stifling the social, agricultural and e...

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Tina Rosenberg

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9 May 2017

Kenya

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Building on the widespread use of mobile phones in Kenya, applications have been developed to provide people with financial services. Through these applications people can securely receive money, save money, and mak...

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Anu Thomas

4 May 2017

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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A husband and wife team in Bangalore (Bengaluru) have created a peer-to-peer, online micro-loan platform to help make poverty history by addressing credit needs of underserved communities. Lenders on the platform can ...

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Linus Unah

6 April 2017

Ondo, Nigeria

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In the Nigeria state of Ondo the maternal mortality rate fell by 40 percent after the state unrolled the Abiye vanguard program. Over 400 health vanguard’s were hired to ensure that pregnant women delivered their babi...

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Connor MacDonald

30 March 2017

Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar

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Years of misrule and a subsequent dearth of hard currency, along with crippling bank-fostered debt cycles and exorbitant home mortgage interest rates, have created immense suffering for Myanmar's poor. But with the gu...

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CD Anderson

17 March 2017

Nairobi, Kenya

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M-Pesa is a mobile banking service that turns 10 this year. The network has provided millions of people in Africa and other developing countries with access to safe and secure banking solutions, without the need for t...

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Tony Sheldon

7 February 2017

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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BRAC, the largest NGO in the world and one of the leaders in microfinance as an approach to combating poverty, discovered that despite its successes, microcredit did not always reach what are called the Ultra-Poor in ...

The New York Times

Peter S. Goodman

17 December 2016

Oulu, Finland

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Monthly unemployment checks are dissuading individuals from finding work for fear that their work will pay less. Oulu, Finland is testing out 'basic income' where everyone receives a government cheque, to encourage pe...

The Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

11 December 2016

Maseru, Lesotho

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The approach of giving cash straight to poor people - rather than funneling goods or services indirectly through the slow, diluted, and complex systems of charities or governments - is nothing new, but evidence of lon...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

4 October 2016

Kakhin Bimile, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh

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Infrastructure Development Company Limited (Idcol), a government-backed Bangladeshi energy and infrastructure group, is helping bring solar power to homes in rural Bangladesh that once relied on dangerous kerosene or ...

The Tennessean

Jamie McGee

23 May 2016

Gressier, Haiti

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Middle Tennessee nonprofit KORE Foundation is combating poverty in rural Haiti with the help of chickens.

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Nish Acharya

3 May 2016

Mumbai, India

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There is a substantial argument for increased involvement of private companies in venture philanthropy. Unlike large government bodies and NGOs, private companies are more nimble and experienced when it comes to strat...

The Huffington Post

Jenny Chen

18 December 2015

Camden, Maine, United States

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This year’s Poptech Conference, a 19-year-old gathering for thinkers and world-changers, celebrated hybrid thinking across industry sectors, or “when disciplinary boundaries fall by the wayside" - four of their projec...

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Ben Casselman

8 December 2015

Malawi

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The research on microfinance suggests that it might neither help nor hurt poor communities, although a major financing organization argues that the researchers employed the wrong approach to measuring impact.

Bloomberg

Stephan Faris

2 December 2015

Kenya

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Since its commercial launch in 2012, M-Kopa has grown to exceed expectations for its revenue--now making more than $12 million a year. The company does this all while expanding access to affordable technology to the p...

Pacific Standard

Maura Ewing

3 September 2015

Bronx, New York, United States

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When paying bail isn't a realistic ask of a defendant, many times the person will plead guilty to avoid jail time even if it means having a record. To solve the problem of the poor being unfairly punished by small cri...

The Guardian

Amy Yee

1 September 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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All across Asia there is a growing market for micro-insurance, or targeted insurance policies that provide benefits to the poorest individuals and families. As of 2012, over 170 million people in Asia were using some ...

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