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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.

Traidcraft

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Established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, Traidcraft is the UK's leading fair trade organisation. Traidcraft runs development programmes in some of the poorest countries in the world, and campaigns in the UK and internationally to bring about trade justice. The organisation...

Love and Hope Limited

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Love and Hope is a privately owned company based in the UK. The company aims to to help poor workers in clothing production in developing countries to earn a fair and reasonable wage, and to improve their factory working conditions. At the same time, the company aims to educate customers in...

Barefoot College

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Established in 1972, the Barefoot College is an Indian NGO that provides basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities with the objective of providing sustainable ways to become self-sufficient. These ‘Barefoot solutions’ can be broadly categorised into solar energy, water,...

Ruma

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Ruma is a social enterprise that aims to empower the poor in Indonesia by providing pre-packaged business opportunities complete with an equipment package, a strong brand, marketing materials, initial training, ongoing mentoring and access to a supply chain. Its flagship microfranchise business,...