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Using Creative Financing

Harnessing the power of economics and investment. These solutions take advantage of money, not only in its ability to fund programs but also as a means of giving people autonomy and the power to solve the challenges they face in the ways they see fit. From providing freed slaves in Thailand with cash grants to offering small loans to businesswomen in developing countries, these solutions take advantage of the incentives, power, and leverage of finance.

  • Investing in or operating businesses that pursue and weigh social goals alongside financial returns—a double bottom line Business with social goals
  • Raising money from the crowd. Crowdfunding
  • Providing skills and tools to help people start small businesses. Micro-enterprise
  • Creating financial products such as savings plans or insurance to help poor people get richer. Microfinance/Microcredit
  • Donating cash instead of food, other goods or services to support local markets and autonomy. Providing cash instead of goods/services
  • Rewarding results and/or paying for success— no matter how they are achieved. Using financial incentives
  • Finding free-market ways to solve social problems. Using the market
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