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WaterCredit Initiative: Connecting Micro-finance to Water and Sanitation

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Dutch development bank FMO funds E+Co clean energy development

FMO, the entrepreneurial development bank of the Netherlands, has created a clean energy investment facility to be managed by E+Co.

The Centre for Self-Help Development: A Nepalese Microfinance Success Story

Microfinance programs are helping reduce both urban and rural poverty across Nepal in what amounts to a micro-finance revolution.

A Micro Credit success story in Tunisia

Faced with the constant flow of new job seekers, the Tunisian government created, in late 1997, the Tunisian Solidarity Bank (BTS). BTS is a microfinance institution established by Tunisian President Ben to finance private micro-projects in Tunisia.

Using Microcredit Loans to Help to Lift the Poor Out of Poverty

Many institutions around the world are turning to microfinance both as a strategy to help lift the poor out of the poverty trap and to make a decent return on investment.

SKS Microfinance Case Study - Lakshmi's Story

SKS Microfinance Limited (SKS) is a non-banking finance company regulated by the Reserve Bank of India and currently operating in 19 of India's 28 states. SKS' mission is to eradicate poverty by providing financial services to the poor.

Weather insurance for African farmers

Insurance company Zurich Financial Services has partnered with a Swiss government agency and UN group International Labor Organisation (ILO) to provide microinsurance to African farmers.

USAID helps to develop rural microfinance organisations in Mexico

USAID, through a university partnership between Ohio State University and Colegio de Postgraduados en Ciencias Agrícolas, is working to facilitate the development and growth of microfinance institutions serving rural areas in Mexico.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation makes financial services accessible to the poor

The Financial Services for the Poor initiative created by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides poor people with reliable access to a range of safe, affordable financial tools and services intended to help them build better, healthier lives.

Santander Microcrédito (Banco Real ABN AMRO) works with Accion to support small businesses in Brazil

Santander Microcrédito, an initiative by Banco Real ABN AMRO, offers small loans to growing businesses that lack access to conventional forms of credit.

Citi Microfinance: Expanding Access to Financial Services

The global financial services company, Citi, has a 40-year history of philanthropic and technical support in microfinance.

Societe Generale: Microfinance helps to grow local economies

Societe Generale focuses its microfinance activities in those countries in which the Group provides universal banking products and services.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in Nepal lends directly to small farmers

Standard Chartered started developing a formal microfinance programme in 2004, and is now active in Nepal, India, Pakistan, Ghana and Bangladesh.

ICICI provides weather insurance for Indian farmers

Insurance company ICICI has partnered with Indian based microfinance institution BASIX to pilot the sale of rainfall insurance to farmers in India.

Catastrophe insurance bond for Taiwan

The Taiwan Residential Earthquake Insurance Program (TREIF) provides basic insurance to residents of Taiwan, that is specifically tailored to the earthquake risk in the area.