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Turkish Trailblazer: Boosting Rural Areas through Business Investment

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This is a study about a female entrepreneur in Turkey who achieved business success by breaking from the conventional practices preferred by others in her industry and investing in poorer parts of Turkey. Clothing, the industry in which the entrepreneur is operating, is one of the Turkish economy’s...

Multinational Corporations fund Hathay Bunano Proshikshan Society (HBPS), an NGO trying to promote the emploment of women in Bangladesh

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While many NGOs in Bangladesh try to generate employment for the poor through microcredit, Hathay Bunano Proshikhan Samity (HBPS) chose to provide direct employment opportunities for poor women in rural areas, with special preference given to disadvantaged groups. Since 2005, the company produces...

Measuring the impact of Nestlé’s innovative distribution model for nutritional food in Peru

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In the context of the WBCSD-SNV Alliance for Inclusive Business, SNV has helped Nestlé Peru develop a new distribution model aimed at reaching new markets while providing a livelihood for women entrepreneurs and improving the health and wellbeing of families in urban areas in Lima.

ADAPT provides good quality green homes in Egypt

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As a result of neglecting construction codes in informal areas more than half of Egypt’s housing stock has been built without monitoring or assistance. Un-planned housing and public spaces have left a mark on the country’s architecture, infrastructure and environmental sustainability, creating a...

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

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

Microcredit : a success-story from Nepal

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Mahila Sahayogi Sahakari Sanstha (MSSS), a micro-credit provider in Nepal help the women in the country earn money by providing micro credit loans. The employees of the micro-finance institution come to their doorsteps to provide them credit and the borrowers do not have to offer their property as...

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

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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.

Meeting the demand of low-income women: Lifespring’s maternal care in India

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LifeSpring Hospital in India is innovatively meeting the growing demand of low-income women who deserve affordable and dignified medical care. By focusing on a particular niche, maternal care, and different cost-saving strategies, this hospital provides maternal care at one-fifth of market...

Freedom from Hunger’s Benkadi Tongorongo association provides micro loans and group support in Mali

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In rural Mali, Miama sells rice to support her family, thanks to both a microloan and the group support she receives from Freedom from Hunger's Benkadi Tongorongo association.

A Ghanaian story about how a small loan can change lives

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Sinapi Aba Trust helps Akosua, a housekeeper in Ghana, prosper in her business though microfinance. After years of knocking on doors to sell pastries, a small loan changed everything for Akosua.