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3 Reasons Microfinance Still Matters

By Emma Kelsey “Banco Occidente, Banco Caja Social, Citibank, BBVA…” Don Hugo listed off the banks he had taken loans...

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“The Big Short” Meets Financial Inclusion: Is There a Flip Side to the Hype Cycle?

By Paul Breloff For folks like me, whose passion fuel is a unique kind of end-is-nigh moral indignation paired with...

IFMR: from Rural India to the Bombay Stock Exchange

IFMR: from Rural India to the Bombay Stock Exchange

By Esteban Altschul A conversation with IFMR Capital’s CEO Kshama Fernandes Accion and IFMR share a common vision: an abiding...

Venture Lab in Africa: Heading West in 2016

By Amee Patel Over the past few years, Venture Lab has primarily focused on East African fintech investments, such as...

3 Ways to Accelerate Financial Inclusion Worldwide

3 Ways to Accelerate Financial Inclusion Worldwide

This past fall at the United Nations, world leaders gathered together and pledged to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide by 2030....

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Portfolio Spotlight: SMEcorner

By John Plaisted I recently traveled to Mumbai, India with Venture Lab’s Director of Portfolio Engagement, Tahira Dosani, to work...

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Disobedience and Savings: How One Woman Changed an Entire Village in Peru

By Jordan Coriza Just after lunch on a recent afternoon in Piñipampa, a rural village 22 miles outside of Cusco,...

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Q&A with Grassland CEO and Chairman Rodrigo Yang

By Michael Schlein Accion’s work in China began in 2009 with Accion Microcredit China. Located in the city of Chifeng,...

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Disability Inclusion and Solar Power in Rural Paraguay

By Jordan Coriza The weather app on my phone reads 40 degrees Celsius (104°F) when we arrive in Concepcion, a...

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Closed Bank Accounts, Closed Doors: Life Without a Bank Account

By Paul Breloff How life without a bank account means always weighing bad options. Recently, Accionista Paul Breloff participated in...