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Public-private partnerships provide microfinance to remote regions of Voronezh Oblast

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The Voronezh Oblast State Fund for Small Business Support (hereafter referred to as ‘the Fund’) in cooperation with a multitude of partners started in 2009 to provide microfinance services and mobile banking for micro-and small businesses in the remote regions of Voronezh Oblast. The...

Tengizchevroil identifies and facilitates loans at no interest to boost small business development in Kazakhstan

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In the 20 years since the dissolution of the former Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has experienced economic setbacks and increased poverty. One major hurdle to small business growth is lack of financing for loans. However, the Central Asian nation has attracted investors.

Allianz, UNDP and GTZ partner for a three-country study on Micro-insurance

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In 2006, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) approached Allianz to work together on a market potential study to analyse the demand, acceptability and affordability of microinsurance products.

Corporate charitable partnerships come alive with Five Talents

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Five Talents UK, a microfinance charity, has secured several corporate partnerships which have had a transformative effect.

WaterCredit Initiative: Connecting Micro-finance to Water and Sanitation

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The WaterCredit Initiative is an initiative of WaterCredit Partners, an organisation with a long history of providing grants to assist communities with water supply and sanitation (WSS) services.

Linking Traditional Banking with Modern Finance: Barclays Microbanking - Susu Collectors Initiative

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Susu collection, practiced for more three centuries in Africa, is an informal arrangement for mobilizing savings deposits from clients. Operators collect a predetermined installment of money from their client, daily or weekly. With about 4,000 active Susu collectors in Ghana and each serving...

Venture capital for low-income markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Investing in housing, healthcare, education, basic utilities and nutrition can not only fulfill a social mission, but can also be a profitable business venture.

KPMG, partnering with the Refugee Council, helps refugees through its mentoring programme

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Since 2005, KPMG has partnered with the Refugee Council UK to help refugees with experience working in the finance industry in their countries of origin overcome barriers to employment in the UK. It does this through a mentorship program which partners KPMG volunteers with refugees to guide them...

Vortex Engineering and Wizzit Bank announce new banking services for the rural poor

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Two companies have announced that they will be providing banking services to more than 30 million low-income people in India and South Africa by 2015 through their commitments to the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global initiative that encourages private sector efforts to fight poverty.

Women on the West Bank fight poverty with enterprise

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A few short years after the war in Gaza, women in the West Bank are overcoming poverty by running their own co-operatives. With training, marketing assistance, and funding from several aid agencies, the women have been able to set up their own small businesses.