financial inclusion

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...

On the Frontline: One Financial Literacy Trainer’s Story

On the Frontline: One Financial Literacy Trainer’s Story

Some of the most compelling stories I have heard during my time in Paraguay often come from the very people...

The Highs and the Lows: From Mbaracayú to Asunción

The Highs and the Lows: From Mbaracayú to Asunción

From young campesina students with big dreams about their future and that of their communities to women in Asunción’s most...

Mystical microfinanze

Mystical microfinanze

Compartamos, Mother Teresa  and La Mística One thing that captivated my attention from the first day at Compartamos was the...