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  • Trending Towards SMEs – Do New Funds Indicate Progress?

    Formal, profitable SME financing is gaining momentum in India, as two articles in last week?s Indian financial press indicate:ICICI Venture mulls 4 specialized fundsNew SME Fund to Launch in IndiaSmall and medium sized enterprise investment funds are not new; we?ve discussed the Shell...

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  • African Perspectives on Challenges for Growth

    In its excellent ?Have Your Say? section of the site, BBC News recently wrapped up an open debate on the prospects of Africa?s enterprising youth and the obstacles that may prevent them from realizing their full creative and productive potential. The primarily African respondents had some...

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  • New Paths to Development Forming in the Cradle of Microfinance

    A Special on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by the South Asia based Financial Express explores various angles of the evolving SME development movement from the very heart of the original microfinance revolution: Bangladesh.? Once you start really paying attention to...

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  • Development by the BOP for the BOP: Why Pro Mujer is Better Than FairTrade

    Mr Vasquez has come with friends from his village in a remote part of Cajamarca, a department in Peru?s northern highlands, to pick coffee in the Moyobamba region on the edge of the jungle?He and his co-workers work from 6am to 4.30pm, for which they are paid 10 soles a day (about $3) ?...

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  • Rising Ventures: What to Do With Your Lights in Brazil

    Wrapping up another work week, I?ll leave you with another excellent emerging economy SME that is creatively meeting new market needs while achieving environmentally beneficial outcomes.? One of our New Ventures folks, Kelly Desy, recently interviewed an entrepreneur who saw plenty of money...

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  • Learning From Failure: How to Make a Successful Business and a Sustainable Industry

    "Some people think I’m crazy.” These were the words of Alexandre Wainberg as quoted by The Estado de Sao Paulo last Sunday (Article in Portuguese - Subscription required). In an excellent piece detailing the environmental damage and social issues surrounding the aquaculture...

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  • Rising Ventures: Lotus Qumicia – New Ways to Fight Water Shortages

    Bloggin g to wrap up a lazy Sunday evening on a beautiful Labor Day weekend (post Ernesto that is).? Lotus Quimica- this week’s featured company is an interesting case- they also tackle the water issues I touched on earlier in the week, although at first I was a bit aprehensive about their...

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  • A Call to Journalists: Stop Writing about Microfinance

    Everyone agrees that microfinance is the coolest thing since sliced bread.? That?s why in the last two months we?ve seen it covered by the Financial Times, Reuters, The Globalist, The New York Times, The Economist, The LA Times, Business Week, CNN, and The Times of London.? And in all...

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