financial inclusion

Microfranchising – What is the key to success?

Microfranchising – What is the key to success?

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently presenting some changes to Fundación Paraguaya to improve their reading...

Impressed in Kerala

Impressed in Kerala

After three weeks in the field and countless surveys of women entrepreneurs across three states, I have returned with some...

The Secret Recipe of Sinforiana’s Empanadas

The Secret Recipe of Sinforiana’s Empanadas

Sinforiana is a difficult name to remember, but the person with that name is hard to forget. I met her...

Group Formation: Applying for a Joint Liability Loan

Group Formation: Applying for a Joint Liability Loan

When their first Swadhaar Joint Liability loan cycle finished this past March, one particular group of female microentrepreneurs did not...

Can we call him a social entrepreneur?

Can we call him a social entrepreneur?

In my last post, we left Delia and her cows to follow a yellow motorbike transporting her freshly-milked milk. After a...

A Sweeter Side of Microfinance

A Sweeter Side of Microfinance

Normally I don’t like reading microfinance stories about the proverbial, impoverished woman who is able to change her life with...

Going solo, or not? Individual vs. Group Lending

Going solo, or not? Individual vs. Group Lending

A key feature of microfinance as it is generally advertised and understood is the group lending mechanism. Although this is the...

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...