Posts by Shawn Humphrey

Scaling Impact: Microfinance and Inclusive Market Systems

by Sharon D’Onofrio From September 22-25, practitioners and thought leaders from around the world will gather outside Washington, DC to...

The New Class: College Students Redefine Leadership Through Microfinance

by Charity Yoro  Finding a job these days just isn’t what it used to be. Today, 80% of all college...

The Lakota Fund: The First Micro-loan Fund in the United States

by Rebecca Adamson Shannon County, South Dakota, is the 56th poorest county in the United States. That may not sound...

The Start of a Comeback for Microfinance?

by Rupert Scofield The Economist reported this week on a 20-year World Bank study undertaken in Bangladesh* that finds a...

Trouble brewing in the best microfinance sector on Earth?

by Hugh Sinclair In October 2013 the rating agency Fitch downgraded Peru’s Grupo ACP to near junk status. The microfinance...

Top 5 Microfinance Documentaries

We don’t know where to start!? Help us out. Give us your Top 5 in the “Comment” section below. If...

A Tribute to Women Entrepreneurs and Those Who Help Them Progress

by Développement international Desjardins (DID) Not so long ago, Yuderka Paulino worked in a barber shop where she had to rent...

Financialising Poverty

by Philip Mader Microfinance is not measurably reducing poverty, but has another less-acknowledged success: financialising poverty. For the industry this...

Help us Chuck Waterfield, you may be our only hope?

by Kelsey Whitman Need microfinance be sustainable? Every decision I was making as a leader of a student-run microfinance organization...

In Her Own Words: Simona on Participating in a Savings Group in Bolivia

Editor’s note: Simona, a 55-year-old mother of seven, runs a micro-business selling empanadas and other food in Tarija, Bolivia. She...

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