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Doing Business with the Poor: A Field Guide

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Doing Business with the Poor: A Field Guide encourages "sustainable livelihoods (SL) business", that is, doing business with the poor in ways that benefit the poor and benefit the company. It discusses how successful SL business models focus on core competencies, partner across sectors and localise...

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Seventh Generation and WAGES partner to form a cooperative in San Francisco

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Seventh Generation, an American company that distributes household and personal care products, has partnered with Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES) to launch a new worker-owned residential green cleaning cooperative in San Francisco.

SECDA ( Small Enterprises & Community Development Association)

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SECDA (Small Enterprises & Community Development Association) is an Egyptian NGO that aims not only to develop SMEs financially but also to raise their capabilities and to improve the work environment of SMEs in Egypt. SECDA provides loans to support small and micro-enterprises that have no...

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Extending women enterpreneurship in India

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To reach populations in remote areas, Hindustan Unilever has recruited and trained women in rural areas to act as direct sales operators. This led to the creation of Project Shakti in India which is now being extended to other countries as well.

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SKS Microfinance Case Study - Lakshmi's Story

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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.

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The Global Social Venture Competition

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The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) is the largest and oldest student-led business plan competition providing mentoring, exposure, and prizes for social ventures from around the world. The competition aims to catalyse the creation of social ventures, educate future leaders and build...

Farmers Own Trading

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Farmers Own was established in 1997 and works with groups of poverty stricken subsistence farmers in Kenya to help them eradicate their poverty by Fair Trade business developments. In compliance with a Fair Trade supply contract, Farmers Own collects the produce and sells on in the market,...

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The Veolia Foundation helps to save jobs for people with disabilities

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The Veolia Environnement Foundation is sharing in the costs of refurnishing the premises of ESAT (établissement ou Service d’Aide par le Travail) an organisation run by the French NGO, CPRH.

Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVA)

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The Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA) is a not for profit network for community development venture capital (CDVC) investing. CDVC funds provide equity capital to businesses in underinvested markets, seeking market-rate financial returns, as well as the creation of good jobs,...

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Ouro Verde is part of the New Ventures initiative at the World Resources Institute

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Brazilian entrepreneur Luis Laranja's company, Ouro Verde, is part of the New Ventures initiative at the World Resources Institute. New Ventures works with small and medium enterprises that have positive environmental impacts, and helps grow environmental entrepreneurship in emerging markets.