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  • Rising Ventures: Linax As the Anti-Body Shop

    Continuing discussions of “eco-chic,” I’m turning this week to another Brazilian company, Linax, that works with perfume and oil ingredients. Of course the concept of sustainable cosmetics is hardly original, but the sector deserves a little good news after having been ravaged by...

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  • Rising Ventures: Enersud Brings Cleantech to the Countryside

    Studies show that per-capita energy consumption is low in many emerging economies, where vast sections of the population may not have access to modern energy infrastructure. The World Bank reports that this is particularly the case in rural areas where access is often extremely costly for...

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  • What’s In a Word?

     A great deal apparently. Throughout history we’ve seen that simple misunderstandings of words, or individual phrases out of context have had major effects from the absurd (JFK infamously calling himself a jelly doughnut), to the controversial (see David Howard’s 1999 gaffe) to...

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  • Artisans and Open Source: PeopLink and CatGen

    PEOPlink is a non-profit organization that trains and equips grassroots artisan organizations all over the world to market their goods directly to customers over the Internet ? thereby minimizing the impact of middlemen and maximizing return to the artisan. CatGen is a related open-source...

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  • Micro Venture Capital: Nicaragua’s Agora

    We?ve already profiled Aavishkaar, the Indian micro venture capital fund that works with entrepreneurs whose capital needs are between $50,000 and $500,000 ? too much for traditional microfinance but too small for commercial VCs. Now Aavishkaar has a counterpart in Nicaragua ? Agora...

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  • “We’ll Do the Dirty Work”: How FirstMile Solutions Will Serve 220,000 Villages in India

    You may be wondering what a picture of a non-functioning motorcycle has to do with the BOP and why the driver has not one but two helpers working to get him back on track quickly. It is because this is no ordinary rider- he carries with him the gateway of access to global communication for...

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  • More Developments: Fostering a Sustainable Business Climate in Asia

    Since covering the lighter side of sustainable enterprise in China last week, I thought it would be helpful to discuss a more practical effort underway to make social and environmental impacts a mainstream consideration among businesses in the quickly developing East Asian region. ASrIA has...

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  • Rising Ventures: The Sweet Smell of Success in China’s Rose Industry

    More great news about sustainable business trends in China- check out this article on how the country’s organic food exports have surged, increasing at a 50% annual rate. An amazing story related to this development that you should read as you head out for the weekend: Jiangyou Xun Pai...

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