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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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Friendship Bridge
• 12/16/16
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By: Caitlin Scott, Social Performance Manager, Friendship Bridge

In the rural areas of Guatemala where poverty is the highest, women survive through self-employment such as weaving, small-scale farming, or selling food in local markets. Without sufficient capital and training to grow their businesses, these women often struggle to make ends meet and create a better future for their families. Friendship Bridge serves exclusively women through a Microcredit Plus program that includes credit, education, and health services.

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• 12/07/16
• Posted in poverty, agriculture, microfinance

Responsibly sourced… Fair trade… Supporting local farmers… These increasingly abundant and familiar labels signal to consumers the social, environmental, and other beneficial impacts promised by the products we see on store shelves. But how can companies ensure that the purchase of a particular chocolate bar or bag of coffee will lift up the lives and futures of people up and down the supply chain?

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