How one, simple idea empowered communities worldwide: Jeffrey Ashe recounts the development of Saving for Change.
Research on the needs and habits of the poor shows that nonprofits can serve a vital function in expanding access to financial services.
Loan officers’ discretion plays a large role in determining the success of a micro-lending organization.
Spreading messages in remote villages is a matter of understanding the patterns by which villagers connect with each other.
One of 16 special essays on how the field of social innovation has evolved and what challenges remain ahead.
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Kenya is about to become a world leader in mobile microfinance.
The UK microcredit business Fair Finance is paving the road for the growth of microfinance in the developed world.
The microcredit industry needs to be regulated through policies that address high interest rates and abusive loan recovery practices.
The Grameen Foundation’s Bankers Without Borders initiative applies skills-based volunteering to poverty alleviation.
Politically radical social workers didn’t expect to be working in a bank any more than white-collar bankers expected to be holding meetings in a crowded public market.