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Investors Circle

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Investors' Circle is a network of investors, professional venture capitalists, and foundations devoted to funding social enterprises. The group has helped direct more than $130 million in investments to 200 companies since 1992. Investors' Circle also aims to widen the network of patient capital...

Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVA)

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The Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA) is a not for profit network for community development venture capital (CDVC) investing. CDVC funds provide equity capital to businesses in underinvested markets, seeking market-rate financial returns, as well as the creation of good jobs,...

Acumen Fund

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Acumen Fund is a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. The organisations seeks to prove that small amounts of philanthropic capital, combined with business acumen, can build thriving enterprises that serve large numbers of the...

Handmade Expressions

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Handmade Expressions is a for profit company established in the USA. The company aims to promote economic and social well-being by selling Fair Trade products, many of which are made in India, and promoting the cause. A member of the Fair Trade Federation, the company works with a number of artisan...

Unitus

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Unitus is an international nonprofit organization established in the USA. The organisation aims to fight global poverty by accelerating the growth of microfinance — small loans and other financial tools for self-empowerment — where it is needed most.

SKS Microfinance

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SKS Microfinance is an Indian NGO that distributes small loans that begin at Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 12,000 (about $44-$260) to poor women so to enable them to start and expand simple businesses and increase their incomes. The micro-enterprises range from raising cows and goats in order to sell the milk,...

Freedom from Hunger

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Freedom from Hunger is an international development organization working in seventeen countries across the globe. Established as an NGO in the United States in 1946, Freedom from Hunger aims to bring innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty.

CGAP Advancing Financial Access for the World's Poor

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CGAP is an independent policy and research center dedicated to advancing financial access for the world's poor. It is supported by over 30 development agencies and private foundations who share a common mission to alleviate poverty. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP provides market intelligence,...

BASIX

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BASIX is a livelihood promotion institution established in 1996, working with over a million and a half customers, over 90% of whom live in poor rural households and 10% in urban slums. BASIX works in 16 states - Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamilnadu,...

ACCESS

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ACCESS is a not-for-profit company that offers specialised technical assistance in two areas, microfinance and livelihoods.