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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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Rachel Huntsman
• 11/01/16

For a microfinance loan officer, managing a portfolio of hundreds of clients and keeping a vigilant eye on the financial bottom line is critical for reaching sustainability and scale. At the same time, she wants to serve her poor clients and help them to move up the economic ladder.

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Devahuti Choudhury
• 10/11/16

Over the past year and a half, Grameen Foundation India (GFI) conducted a new poverty outreach study of microfinance institution (MFI) clients across Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh – four focus states of the Poorest States Inclusive Growth Programme (PSIG).

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Julie Peachey
• 09/07/16

Now 193 nations have agreed to the Sustainable Development Goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. But to end poverty, you first have to be able to measure it.  The Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®) is a unique tool developed for that purpose ten years ago.  Now, the PPI makes a move that further augments its value to the global development community.

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William Neuheisel
• 05/18/16

The PPI is derived from a country’s national household income or expenditure survey (for more on this, watch the short video: The PPI Development Process). These household surveys are conducted periodically, typically every 5 years. When new survey data is released, the PPI for that country should be updated as well to keep it as accurate as possible. The process for updating a PPI is similar to the process for creating a new PPI. Once a PPI has been updated, it is released on the PPI website.

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Bobbi Gray
• 02/16/16
• Posted in lean data, data analysis

Cross-posted from Microcredit Summit Campaign

When I joined Freedom from Hunger several years back, I had the responsibility to carry on a decades-long commitment to research and evaluation. My predecessor, Barbara MkNelly, as well as my then-supervisor and president of Freedom from Hunger, Christopher Dunford, were already known for their contributions to the research efforts of the growing microfinance sector and the original set of SEEP/AIMS client assessment tools. Freedom from Hunger’s commitment to promoting easy-to-use and cost-effective tools also led to years of developing monitoring and evaluation systems for microfinance organizations that were coined as “Progress Tracking.” Fast-forward several years, and this is much better known as Social Performance Management.

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