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Catholic Relief Services
• 05/29/17
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An interview with Samuel Beecher, Research Officer, Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), founded in 1943 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, seeks to preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teachings to promote human development in the United States and abroad.

In partnership with the MasterCard Foundation (MCF), CRS started the Expanding Financial Inclusion (EFI) in Africa program in 2014. To this end, the project aims to create 19,200 new Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) groups with 502,320 members using the Private Service Provider (PSP) methodology in four countries in Africa—Burkina Faso, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia—by September of 2017. The goal of EFI is to expand financial service access to vulnerable households to improve their resilience. EFI’s monitoring and evaluation team uses the PPI to measure the depth of poverty outreach among SILC group members and comparison households in the community.

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• 05/25/17

An interview with Chris Nicoletti, iDE

International Development Enterprises (iDE) has been putting business to work for the poor for more than three decades, using market-based solutions to change the living conditions and livelihoods of millions of people around the globe. iDE began using the PPI in 2013 for a series of quasi-experimental impact evaluations of micro-irrigation programs in Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia.

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• 05/15/17

An interview with Manfred Borer, Swisscontact

Swisscontact is a business-oriented foundation for international development cooperation. Working in 34 countries with over 1,200 team members, we have been fostering economic, social, and environmental development since 1959.

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• 04/13/17

An interview with Yolirruth Nuńez and Kawien des Plantes

Oikocredit is a worldwide cooperative with a mission to promote responsible investment. It provides financial services and supports organizations that improve the quality of life of low-income people or communities in a sustainable way.

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Upaya Social Ventures
• 03/23/17
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Upaya Social Ventures creates dignified jobs for the poorest of the poor in India by building scalable businesses with investment and consulting support. To date, we have invested in 12 businesses that have collectively created over 4,100 jobs for people living in marginalized communities.

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The Hunger Project
• 03/15/17

The Hunger Project (THP) works to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world. Our programs throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America are based on an innovative, holistic approach, which empowers women and men living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty.

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Julie Peachey
• 03/10/17

In recent years, there has been a focus on measurement across all types of organizations working to improve the lives of people living at the ‘bottom of the pyramid’. Particularly for organizations that operate with a business model, this focus has turned from measurement not just for reporting to management and stakeholders, but for obtaining valuable information that can help manage the company’s social performance.

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Celeste Brubaker
• 03/01/17
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Village Enterprise (VE) is a nonprofit with a mission to end extreme poverty in rural Africa through entrepreneurship and innovation. Since 1987, Village Enterprise has started close to 36,000 small businesses, trained over 145,000 new small business owners and impacted over 750,000 people.

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Yunzhong Cheng
• 02/17/17

Launched at the United Nations in 2008, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that engage people at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP).

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Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional Syariah
• 12/21/16

An interview with Ahmad Fajri Prabowo, Risk Policy Analyst at BTPN Syariah

BTPN Syariah Indonesia originally started off as a business unit within BTPN Bank in March 2008 to specifically serve “productive poor” communities, focusing on women from low-income families in rural villages who are willing to try and supplement their household income by starting businesses. The business unit was successfully spun off into a Syariah (Sharia-compliant) commercial bank in 2014 after the acquisition of PT Bank Sahabat Purba Danarta (Bank Sahabat).

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