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Beyond Microcredit - What's Next?
208_634938716_3.jpgI had the privilege of helping to open the Calgary Microcredit Conference this past weekend on a panel with Mark Durieux, University of Calgary, and Rupert Scofield, FINCA where we provided our thoughts to answer the day's question and conference theme: Microcredit and Beyond -...2770 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Microcredit
Growing Pains: Ethics, Regulation & Moving Forward
197_454030513_3.jpgBy Bree Gardner The debate over microfinance is as old as the idea itself. Once praised as the golden solution to poverty, it now faces the criticisms and condemnation that often follows success and misuse. Alex Counts, CEO and President of Grameen Foundation, has found...2782 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Microcredit
Paths of Change
198_899275196_3.jpgBy Bree Gardner Calling it a 'classic example of a social business,' CEO of FINCA International Rupert Scofield said microcredit began as market failure where the poor could not access banking, to a creative use of the banking sector that allows an escape from poverty.  His...2782 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Microcredit
Guidelines for Grameen-style microcredit programs
193_589094532_3.jpgMore than 1.1 billion people live on less than $1 per day, in conditions of intense hunger, squalor, poor health and hopelessness. Most governments and civil society organizations in developing countries of the world are fighting poverty through a variety of strategies, such as...2787 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Microcredit
Calgary Microcredit conference 2011 wrap-up and thanks
191_878034962_3.jpgBy now, most of us have returned to our normal daily routines after the Calgary Microcredit Conference on 1 October 2011. If you contributed in any way to the success of the conference, thank you.  I know that returning to normal, feels pretty good to me. Please find below several early...2791 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Microcredit
Rent-to-Own - Social Enterprise in Zambia
188_133772267_3.jpgMy name is Mark Hemsworth. Four years ago I left cow town to volunteer for Engineers Without Borders.  They placed me with Africa's largest exporter of honey, located in a remote part of Zambia where the average farmer earns less than $.30 a day in cash.  This was doubled through...2795 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Social Development
Basic primer on microcredit
184_457163651_3.jpgWhen the Calgary Microcredit Conference planning committee began to look for a basic primer on microcredit we were confronted with a variety of references, not all of which were being used consistently. We asked ourselves, if we were having trouble with terms of reference and we...2799 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Microcredit
Allstar lineup of presenters - Calgary 2011
182_665049393_3.jpgThe Calgary Microcredit Conference on October 1, 2011 has attracted some of the great minds and leaders in the microfinance world. Here is a quick overview of this year's presenters. Merv Chia Master of Ceremonies Merv Chia has been an active volunteer...2804 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Events
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox and Danone CEO Franck Riboud will Speak at Global Microcredit Summit in Spain
179_700164953_3.jpgFormer Mexican President Vicente Fox will chair the plenary session titled "Challenges to the Field and Solutions: Over-Indebtedness, Client Drop-Outs, Unethical Collection Practices, Exorbitant Interest Rates, Mission Drift, Poor Governance Structures and More."   Groupe Danone...2807 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Events
Bringing social business to the foreground in Calgary
177_328447288_3.jpgBy Alan Tong Calgary's vibrant entrepreneurial spirit has resulted in its place as the city with the third largest amount of corporate head quarters in Canada. Many people and organizations in the city's business community  are imbued with the same vibrancy and can-do spirit of...2812 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Microcredit
Microcredit Case Study: FINCA Afghanistan client Fatima Mohammad Mussah
176_124915387_3.jpgThe second story of microcredit success and success of the human spirit is about Fatima Mussah of Afganistan. Rupert Scofield, President and CEO of FINCA International and one of this year's speakers at the Calgary Microcredit Conference, shares Fatima's story with the Rotarian...2813 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Microcredit
Microcredit Case Study: FINCA Kosovo client Rrahim Gegaj
175_808468447_3.jpg"After the war, there was nothing left. Everything was destroyed and burned." One of the distinguished speakers of this year's Calgary Microcredit Conference, Rupert Scofield, President and CEO of FINCA International, has shared this this success story of a...2813 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Microcredit
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