financial inclusion

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Monsoon

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Monsoon

They are referred to locally as ‘the rains.’ The monsoon season in India is officially from June through September and...

The Necessity of Being Green (Part 1): A Microentrepreneur’s Perspective

The Necessity of Being Green (Part 1): A Microentrepreneur’s Perspective

When I ask the women of one Comité de Mujeres Emprendedoras in Capiata what they devote their time to, one...

Green Light Means Go?

Green Light Means Go?

Around a conference table early in the morning all of the asesoras, loan officers for Fundacion Paraguaya, are huddled in big...

The Fall and Rise of a Good Farmer

The Fall and Rise of a Good Farmer

Basilio Rios’s first loan of 5 million Guaranies (US$1,000), took a few days to be approved and with it he...

Welcome to Mumbai, Welcome to Swadhaar

Welcome to Mumbai, Welcome to Swadhaar

It has been only a week since I arrived in Mumbai at 2am on a Tuesday night – sorry, Wednesday...

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...

Group lending done right

Group lending done right

As I’m reaching the end of my first week in Asunción, Paraguay, and the 30 degree weather (Celsius) has given...

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...

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...