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Solar Sister

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Solar Sister is a social enterprise that provides women with training and support to create solar micro-businesses, providing household income for the women, and light for their communities. The women form a by-women, to-women distribution network that is strengthened by women’s natural...

Living Goods

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Living Goods is an American NGO that operates Avon-like networks of door-to-door health promoters who make a modest income selling essential health products at prices affordable to the poor. The organisation is set up to combine micro-finance and knowledge of public health to prevent disease and...

Five Talents International

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Five Talents International is committed to combating poverty in the developing world by equipping the poor with small business training and microfinance programmes. The majority of businesses are in food production and sales, street vendors, brick manufacturing, shoe making, carpentry, auto repair,...

Ya'axché Conservation Trust

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Ya’axché Conservation Trust is a community-oriented NGO that advances integrated landscape management in southern Belize. The organisation combines protected areas management with community outreach and sustainable development at the landscape level and engages in strategic evidence-based...

Pamoja Women Development Programme

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PAWDEP seeks to empower Kenyan women financially to run viable, competitive, and rewarding enterprises that can compete locally and internatioally, by providing microfinance solutions to women groups running small scale industry and farming. Recognizing the role played by the women in the...

Trickle Up Program

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Based in New York City, the Trickle Up Program helps the poorest of the poor (with special focus on women, youth and other disadvantaged groups) take their first step up out of poverty through microfinance. Trickle Up helps them start their own businesses by providing capital and teaching them...

Africa Now

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Africa Now assists farmers and small businesses by proving links to bank loans and training in new technologies. Additionally, Africa Now aids producers in expanding distribution into new markets and provides an auditing service for companies that wish to ensure that their business activities are...

Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network (SEEP)

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Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network (SEEP) is a network of North American organisations operating micro and small enterprise projects in the developing world. SEEP runs three programs to serve members, develop networks and increase learning: Development Services (IDS), Network...

PlaNet Finance

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PlaNet Finance is an international non-governmental organisation dedicated to the development of microfinance worldwide. Over the past ten years and thanks to its dynamism and growing international network, PlaNet Finance has been working at providing people with the means to build their own...

Women's Opportunity Network (WON)

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Women's Opportunity Network, a sub-section of Opportunity International, focuses its resources primarily upon providing microfinance services to women in underdeveloped areas. The organisation operates through local partner organisations to provide microcredit - small loans, training and counsel,...