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Manuel Bueno
Grassroots Business Fund

Manuel Bueno is a staff writer for NextBillion.net. He is currently working in the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF) as an Investment Analyst for the Latin American portfolio and as a Knowledge Management Specialist. He earned a B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and an M.Phil in Organization and Strategy from Tilburg University (Netherlands). As an Analyst, his work includes screening new projects, conducting due diligence, building client relationships and supervising active projects. His Knowledge Management role entails the research and compilation of knowledge generated throughout GBF’s entire portfolio and the dissemination of lessons learned both internally and externally.

Prior to joining GBF, he was employed as a consultant in financial services strategy and transactions at the Deloitte office in Madrid. He has also worked at a microfinance institution in India and at the Opportunities for the Majority in the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. Recently, he co-authored a book with Profs. Juan Luis Martinez and Maria Carbonell (Instituto de Empresa Business School) about the Latin American Base of the Pyramid.

He can be contacted at mbuenovera@gmail.com.

Posts by Manuel Bueno

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    Reversing the Cycle of Poverty: Targeting Early Childhood Development

    Early childhood development is a term used to describe the personal growth of a child until he reaches the age of 6. Poverty at this stage will have irreversible consequences on individuals? future lifetime opportunities. In this post I explain the role of BoP businesses in serving this vulnerable population segment.

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    SME Banking: The Next Frontier in Low-Income Finance

    SME Banking represents the next frontier in BoP finance in terms of its social impact and the sophistication required for profitably serving the poor. In this post and based on a recent IFC publication, the SME Banking Knowledge Guide, I explain how commercial banks are catering to SMEs by taking recourse to their competitive advantages.

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    Does it Make Sense to Analyze BoP Firms from an Industry Lens?

    Why do we define firms on the basis of an industry if many of the most success BoP business models are hybrid? Why do we analyze the impact of an industry at the household level independently of other industries if the biggest impact occurs through its inter-industry effects? Is this hampering the potential of BoP solutions in low-income markets?

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    The Competitive Relationship Between Mainstream and Microfinance Banks

    This article examines the competitive relationship between mainstream and microfinance banks, which is beginning to shape the microfinance landscape in developing countries. I examine how these two groups are developing strategies and financial products that play with their respective competitive advantages and against their competitors.

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    Emerging Business Models for Serving SMEs in Banking

    SMEs in developing countries have become in the last years a strategic priority for financial institutions, as their margins in other markets fall due to the intensified competition coming from non-financial organizations. This has resulted in many large banks changing their business models and organizational structure to cater to them.

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    MajorityMarkets.org ? A New Site for BoP Experts

    MajorityMarkets.org is a new website led by the Opportunities for the Majority Office (OMJ) at the Inter-American Development Bank. Staffed by reputed OMJ experts, it aims to share its knowledge about BoP markets while aiming to become a "clearinghouse for people and organizations" seeking advice and guidance in the field.

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    Vittana: Student Loans and a New Generation of Microfinance

    Vittana is a non-profit start-up founded to bring student loans to the developing world, a yet-to-be-tackled market failure. It aims to fulfill its mission by sharing best practices with microfinance organizations and by tapping into potentially millions of small investors through its person-to-person microlending website.

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    The BoP Community Has To Do Much More for Women

    The earning power of women globally is expected to reach $18 trillion by 2014 - a $5 trillion rise for current income. That is more than twice the estimated 2014 GDP of China and India combined. Yet there are very few BoP businesses making use of women?s skills to enhance their economic and social bottom lines. This is a huge lost opportunity.

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