Microfinance

Using Laughter to Fight Poverty on International Women's Day

Pauline Ngari | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Pauline Ngari

This Saturday, March 8, is International Women's Day. To mark the occasion I want to talk about a ground breaking program that uses laughter to raise the spirits and incomes of young mothers living in poverty in the slums of Nairobi.

India's First All-Women's Bank: Emancipation or Emaciation of Equality?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Preetam Kaushik

In a country where crimes against women are witnessing a sharp rise, here's a ray of hope. Or, is it? Sociologists and social psychologists could argue otherwise, saying creating 'exclusive' spaces for women can actually ruin their prospects of achieving social equality

The Trouble With Microfinance

Alastair Roderick | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Alastair Roderick

Microfinance fills a specific gap in the market: financial products for those too poor to access normal credit. But it turns out that not all credit is equal.

Bright Indian Future, Driven By Social Enterprise and Technology

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Every top Indian business company, across sectors, whether it is Tata, Reliance or Kotak, is immersed in offering value through their CSR activities. Dedicating resources to social causes is seen as a profitable move either in terms of enhancing one's image or helping to attract a customer base, while also making a difference.

Party Politics: Election Fever Sweeps Sierra Leone and There Are Some Serious Matters to Debate

Charlie Habershon | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Charlie Habershon

Sierra Leone is at a critical point in its development. Despite some progress, Sierra Leone's recovery remains fragile and the country ranks 180 of 187 on the UNDP development index with 77% of Sierra Leone's living in poverty and 62.79% living on less than $1.25 a day.

Kivastarter: crowdsourcing needs to learn from microfinance

Bob Thomas | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK Tech
Bob Thomas

Kickstarter's very public successes have increased developer attraction to the platform. And with the increased developer activity, the number of failures and cancellations has increased also.

Microfinance is Growing Up

Raconteur Media | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK
Raconteur Media

Microfinance has been hugely successful in cutting poverty and promoting economic growth in developing countries. It started as philanthropy, with charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) using donations to give very small cash loans to poor people, predominantly women, to start businesses so that they could feed themselves and their families.