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Why Mumbai?

Why Mumbai?

I am sitting on a sea wall in Mumbai enjoying the calming view of the sun setting into the Indian...

My Take on the Microfinance Ecosystem

My Take on the Microfinance Ecosystem

After more than two months in Mumbai, it’s time for me to lay on paper some general considerations about microfinance...

Regulation in microfinance, a work in progress

Regulation in microfinance, a work in progress

In a previous post I already emphasized the importance of the regulatory framework for a healthy development of the microfinance...

Microfinance in the ‘Real Mexico’

Microfinance in the ‘Real Mexico’

Oaxaca is a state often referred to as “The Real Mexico”. Its rich indigenous roots combined with a strong colonial...

A Bank Gives Back

A Bank Gives Back

These days, corporate social responsibility (or CSR) seems to be a word that everyone is throwing around. Most big companies...

Think you know Paraguayan microfinance?

Think you know Paraguayan microfinance?

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen to the most exciting way to get to know Financiera el Comercio, one of the newest...

The kind of insurance that’s NOT in the news

The kind of insurance that’s NOT in the news

All of a sudden, insurance is a word I’m hearing a lot. Not only can I not open any US...

Adventures in Microfranchising

Adventures in Microfranchising

During the remainder of my Accion Ambassadorship at Fundación Paraguaya, I will be focusing on their microfranchise initiative.  So, why not...

Why the Market Approach to Microfinance Can Work

Why the Market Approach to Microfinance Can Work

When I mentioned to anyone in the microfinance field that I was going to be working with Banco Compartamos this...

A First Day Unlike Any Other

A First Day Unlike Any Other

I’ve just completed my first week as an Accion Ambassador at Compartamos Banco in Mexico City, and I realize that...