microfinance

3 Reasons Microfinance Still Matters

3 Reasons Microfinance Still Matters

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

The Haitian Way

By Sydney Moyer I breathe a sigh of relief as I step into the back of the van, its dark...

Navigating the Slums of Mumbai

Navigating the Slums of Mumbai

One of the first things you notice when arriving at Mumbai (after the popular auto-rickshaws) are the slums. These slums...

Inside a group lending project in India

Inside a group lending project in India

Last week, I had the opportunity to learn more about some of the work carried out by Swadhaar Information and...

Is Microfinance Innovating Enough?

Is Microfinance Innovating Enough?

Wrapping up my time here in Bangalore has me thinking about the big picture of financial inclusion. Microfinance is just...

Poverty and the Pope in Paraguay

Poverty and the Pope in Paraguay

Against all odds, the sun is shining brightly. There is a feeling of excitement hanging in the air – excitement,...

Hitting the Ground Running with Client Visits on my Second Day with Akiba

Hitting the Ground Running with Client Visits on my Second Day with Akiba

At some point during our walk down the dusty, uneven road packed with minibuses and motorcycles inches away from hitting...

Laundry and the Law

Laundry and the Law

Since I am now in week five of my ambassadorship, and I am, after all, a law student, I think...

“My future is bright”: the story of Madam Olori E. Odidbo

“My future is bright”: the story of Madam Olori E. Odidbo

The pride of every microfinance institution is to know that its  support brings change to the lives of its micro-entrepreneurs...

That “First Day of School” Feeling

That “First Day of School” Feeling

You know that feeling you get on your first day at a new school? (A combination of excitement, anxiety, restlessness...