Using small first loans as tests for credit-worthiness allowed us to safely transition to a mostly automated vetting process
It's hard to believe how different things were, here in the United States, just 27 years ago -- or how different things would be, had our government not invested in women. A healthy economy, void of corruption and injustice, is one that leads to an environment where nobody is left behind.
The smell of melting butter and baking dough wafts through the town of Tetela. Two neighborhood boys amble up to Miguel and Irma's front gate, pressing their noses in the spaces between the metal. "Ya tienen pasteles?" one of them shouts excitedly. Are your pastries ready?
Their dreams don't focus on figuring out the answers to existential questions, pining for fancy gadgets or even changing the majority of their day-to-day circumstances. They're modest dreams. They're dreams that would allow them to keep working and leading the lives that they're already leading.
Clay Water Brick is an engaging, worthwhile read equally applicable to Sustainable Development Goals policymakers, bootstrapping entrepreneurs, and those searching for ways to pay forward their passions in life.
The resources available don't begin to match the needs. It's now commonly acknowledged that we must find new solutions to address refugee displacement beyond what is known as a "care and maintenance" approach.
While evictions tell only a small piece of the story, it's clear that San Francisco has contracted full-blown heart disease. San Francisco lost so much of its talent and spirit from the HIV virus back in the '80s and '90s. This time it is caused by an economic virus of success.
Most Millennials may not have a lifetime of earnings to start a foundation or simply give away. But many of them engage with non-profits, and likely will have the potential to be loyal donors in years ahead.
Kiva cofounder Jessica Jackley enthuses about Silicon Valley being "an incredibly special pocket of the world" where "people have a great capacity to imagine new futures."
It's been six months since Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, tore through the Philippines and displaced 4 million people.