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Merrill Lynch and the Greenlining Institute announce a $500 million initiative for under-served California communities

In 2003, Merrill Lynch and the Greenlining Institute announced a $500 million initiative to expand small business lending and promote economic opportunities in Asian Pacific, Latino and African-American communities throughout California.

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WIZZIT reaching the Unbanked of South Africa

WIZZIT is a South African company that has developed a mobile phone based banking service for unbanked and underbanked communities.

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Chevron subsidiary partners with local charity to engage impoverished communities in Angola

Search for Common Ground, an organisation dedicated to conflict transformation, has been working in Angola's oil-rich enclave of Cabinda since October 2006. In a private-public partnership co-funded by USAID and Chevron's local oil subsidiary, SFCG has collaborated with nine impoverished fishing...

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Virgin Atlantic offers Fairtrade tea and coffee aboard all flights

In September 2007, following a series of blind tastings of a variety of Fairtrade teas and coffees, Virgin Atlantic announced a switch to offering passengers a variety of Fairtrade products, including organic green and white teas from QI teas, a range of fresh and instant coffees by Costa Coffee...

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Starbucks Joins the Conservation International Movement

Since 1998, Starbucks has partnered with Conservation International (CI), a nonprofit organisation, to promote coffee production practices that conserve biodiversity, maintain healthy ecosystems and support economic and social development in coffee production landscapes.

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Health and Sanitation business partnership in Kibera, Nigeria

SC Johnson, chose to apply "Base of the Pyramid" protocol in Kibera, Nigeria. Working in partnership with Carolina for Kibera and the Coalition of Youth Entrepreneurs, they co-launched the Community Cleaning Services (CCS) business, providing a range of cleaning and disinfecting services for the...

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Support required for Twiga Children's Centre in Kenya

Twiga Children's Centre is run and supported by Kenyan Community Support Initiative, a non-profit organization based in Kisii, Kenya, that is run by a team of volunteers. The centre has been established to give support and aid to orphaned and vulnerable children, by providing food, clothes,...

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Haygrove establishes Gambia is Good to market fresh produce

Gambia is Good is a fresh produce marketing company which was conceived as a partnership between Haygrove Limited and Concern Universal, a leading development charity, with the purpose of linking small scale rural producers with the high value tourist market.

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Cemex makes home improvements accessible for the poor in 5 Latin American countries

CEMEX, a global leader in the building supply and cement industry, has recently expanded its highly-successful Patrimonio Hoy initiative. Originally started in 1998 with the goal of reducing the housing deficit in Mexico, Patrimonio Hoy has since expanded into 4 additional Latin American countries...

Masasi Youth Development Groups Network

Masasi Youth Development Groups Network (MASAYODEN) is a Tanzanian NGO established by 34 groups of young people from every ward in the district of Masasi. MASAYODEN's main objective is to fight against poverty and HIV / AIDS. The organisation aims to do this by providing information and advice to...

Rural Energy Trust CIG (RETcig)

The Rural Energy Trust CIG (RETcig) is a new NGO in Cameroon. The organisation aims to bring affordable renewable solar energy products to off-grid rural households and assist them to obtain consumer loans from local and international microfinance institutions. RETcig in partnership with its...

The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid

Discussions of base of the economic pyramid (BOP) markets have, until now, relied principally on business case studies and rough estimates of market size. The Next 4 Billion uses previously unreleased data to measure market opportunity at the BOP.

Business Linkages: Enabling Access to Markets at the BoP

By International Finance Corporation, International Business Leaders Forum, and the CSR Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School

Base of the Pyramid Protocol 2nd Edition (2008)

The most recent version of the BoP Protocol, drawing upon lessons and experiences implementing the BoP Protocol in Nairobi, Kenya as well as in communities in Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Parvathagiri in India.

A business guide to development actors: Introducing company managers to the development community

This guide aims to introduce the business community to potential partners in the development community. It is a first port of call for managers who are interested in working with a development organization, but unsure of how to begin.

Fanm pou Fanm (Women for Women)

Fanm pou Fanm (Women for Women) is a small organisation helping 35 women displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince Haiti to set up their own small businesses. Currently the organisation is working on a crocheting and sewing project for which sewing machines are needed.

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Sewing machines and transport needed for women's project in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

I am trying to help a small project of 35 women and their dependent families who are living in a tent city in Port-au-Prince Haiti after the earthquake two years ago. These women are learning skills in order to set up their own small businesses and so earn enough to send their children to school....

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Marks & Spencer gives disadvantaged people an opportunity for employment training

Marks & Start is Marks & Spencer's work experience programme for those who are homeless, disabled, single parents and young unemployed.

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British American Tobacco establishes a biodiversity partnership with NGOs

British American Tobacco has established a biodiversity partnership, now in its third five-year term (2011-2015). The partners (Fauna & Flora International, Earthwatch, Tropical Biology Association, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and British American Tobacco) have appointed an independent programme...

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Coffee Kids partners with private sector to rebuild coffee farmers' community in Indonesia

In late April 2005, the Aceh Tsunami Relief Fund, established by the NGO Coffee Kids, in partnership with the corporation ForesTrade Inc., began a project to support the reconstruction of local community infrastructure in the coffee-growing Gayo Highland region in Central Aceh, Indonesia.