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Social vs. Commercial Enterprise: The Compartamos Debate and the Battle for the Soul of Microfinance

Authors: Santos, Felipe; Carrick-Cagna, Anne-Marie
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD - The Business School for the World
Publication Year: 2009

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More than just a question about the future of microfinance, this debate that concerns the role of commercial enterprises operating on a foundation of self-interest versus social enterprises operating on a foundation of goodwill, is central to economic development policies and the advancement of social entrepreneurship. It brings to the the forefront the meaning of responsible leadership in business within the context of an increasingly connected and socially conscious world.

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In Microfinance, Clients Must Come First

Authors: Datar, Srikant M. ; Yuthas, Kristi
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Publication Year: 2008

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Microfinance may be one of the world's most powerful new solutions to poverty, as well as to the wars, diseases, and suffering that poverty ignites.

If it works.

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What Works

Scaling Microfinance with the Remote Transaction System

Authors: Magnette, Nicolas; Lock, Digby
Product Type: Cases
Source: World Resources Institute
Publication Year: 2005

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In 2002, Hewlett Packard formed a partnership with a number of microfinance networks (MFIs) and commercial partners working in related areas to explore how technology could be used effectively to help scale microfinance. What emerged from the effort was a combination of technology and business processes, the Remote Transaction System (RTS), that supports both group and individual lending, online and batch offline processing, and back office synchronization.

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Microfinance Grows Up: Success Brings New Challenges for Investors, Practitioners, in Emerging Economies

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Publication Year: 2008

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Mongolia is just one difficult environment where microfinance -- the business of providing financial services in small transaction amounts to poor, underserved markets -- has taken off in the past five years

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Microfinance as Business

Working Paper 101 (Revised November 2006)

Authors: Roodman, David; Qureshi, Uzma
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Center for Global Development
Publication Year: 2006

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Key microfinance business challenges include building volume, keeping loan repayment rates high, retaining customers, and minimizing scope for fraud. This paper analyzes microfinance institutions as businesses, asking how some succeed in covering costs, earning returns, attracting capital, and scaling up. The authors conclude: "We should not lose sight of the fact that commercially successful microfinance institutions are remarkable organizations, employing hundreds or thousands of people at tasks once thought impossible. They operate in difficult circumstances and are relatively accountable to their clients."

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Mibanco

Meeting the Mainstreaming of Microfinance

Authors: Chu, Michael; Herrero, Gustavo A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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Mibanco, Peru's leading microfinance bank, faces intense competition as the banking industry rushes into low income segments. Companion video clips bring into the classroom the contemporary reality of a world-class microfinance institution, where the unpaved streets and cluttered markets of the loan officer coexist with the sophistication of technical financial analysis and premier professional management.

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Introduction to Microfinance

UC Berkeley: MBA 294.6

Author: Foote, Sean
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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The course explores why and how microfinance operations have grown to provide financial services to poor and low-income people on a sustainable basis. We bring together advice and the best practices from successful practitioners and institutions around the world as well as new technology startups targeting the industry.

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Microfinance International Corporation: No, Not Another Microfinance Case

Author: Isenberg, Daniel J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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This case helps students to learn about international expansion and international customer service for entrepreneurial ventures, including microfinance corporations.

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SKS Microfinance: The Sour Taste of Success

Author: Sunderasan, Srinivasan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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The initial public offer of SKS Microfinance shares was seen as the initiation of a conflict between the interests of the company’s shareholders and the poor rural borrowers it was expected to serve. The provincial government brought out an ordinance effectively curbing microfinance lending and recovery operations, and the Reserve Bank of India issued a notification placing caps on interest rates, margins and specifying minimum tenures for relatively larger loan sizes. Was this the end of the road for the microfinance movement in India?

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Creating a Microfinance Institution and Partnership

Brandeis University: HS 272f

Author: Ashe, Jeffrey
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Brandeis University, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Publication Year: 2006

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This course will emphasize emerging methodologies that have the potential of assisting the rural poor in numbers large enough to make a difference focusing on those living in distant villages or who are too poor to reached cost effectively. The ways that groups developed for savings and lending can be used to start a comprehensive development process in poor rural communities will also be discussed.

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SKS and the AP Microfinance Crisis

Authors: Cole, Shawn; Saleman, Yannick
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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SKS, India's leading microfinance firm, is challenged when politicians declaim microfinance as exploitation of the poor and severely restrict business practices...

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SKS Microfinance

Authors: Cole, Shawn; Chen, Theresa
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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Vikram Akula, CEO of SKS Microfinance, seeks a venture capital investment to fund his firm. SKS, one of the largest and fastest growing microfinance institutions in India, is a profitable, for profit institution with a social mission.

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Microfinance Misses its Mark

Author: Karnani, Aneel
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Publication Year: 2007

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Despite the hoopla over microfinance, it doesn't cure poverty. But stable jobs do. If societies are serious about helping the poorest of the poor, they should stop investing in microfinance and start supporting large, labor-intensive industries. At the same time, governments must hold up their end of the deal, for market-based solutions will never be enough...

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Sustaining a Social Venture: Transformation of Annapurna Mahila Mandal into Annapurna Pariwar

Author: Basargekar, Prema
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business; Indian School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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AMM is a trust that provides micro credit and allied services to poor working women. It was established by a veteran freedom fighter and social entrepreneur and her late husband, a union leader, in 1975 in the wake of a decade-long millworkers' strike in Mumbai. AMM needed to develop a very clear vision as to which direction it should grow in order to become sustainable without losing its focus on the core objective of empowerment of poor women...

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CARD Group: Mutually Reinforcing Institutions

Authors: Montgomery, Cynthia A.; Chen, Michael Shih-ta; Lau, Dawn
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Under Dr. Aristotle Alip's leadership, CARD has become one of the top microfinance institutions in the world. Should CARD partner with commercial institutions to reap benefits from their larger sources of capital and technology expertise, or would that mean compromising the original mission of elevating people from the base of the pyramid?

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Microfin

Authors: Chu, Michael; Kramer, Enrique
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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The case presents the management dilemmas of a new institution in an undeveloped microfinance market in Latin America.

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Banca Regional Andino

Facing the Globalization of Microfinance

Authors: Chu, Michael; Hazell, Jean Steege
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Three leading Latin American microfinance banks join forces to face the new challenges of globalization, competition, and politics while common shareholder ACCION investments considers its options.

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Ujjivan: A Microfinance Institution at a Crossroads (A, B)

Authors: Narayanan, V.G.; Freed, Pamela
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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Samit Ghosh, the CEO and founder of Ujjivan, wants to grow his business rapidly and become financially sustainable, but he's struggling with staff fraud, high costs, and how to stay true to Ujjivan's mission of poverty alleviation, while simultaneously reaching out to higher-income customers.

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China's Shifting Microfinance Landscape: New Players, Old Problems

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Publication Year: 2007

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Chinese policymakers have been late converts to the cause of microfinance. Much of the discussion at the conference revolved around the problems that China has faced in establishing an effective microcredit infrastructure for the countryside, which many critics blame on state-directed lending that has led to market inefficiencies and has caused lending institutions to run up massive volumes of bad debt. This issue remains at the heart of the policy debate over future microfinance reform in China.

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Microfinance's New Horizons: Creating Value, Enabling Livelihoods

Authors: Chapple, Alice; Remer, Sven; Walia, Vedant
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: GreenBiz.com
Publication Year: 2007

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In this report, Forum for the Future examines how the field of microfinance is growing and how lenders and recipients alike are benefiting from this successful bottom-up social and economic development practice.

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The Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund: Striving to Reshape the Social Enterprise Capital Markets

Authors: Chu, Michael; Hazell, Jean Steege
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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This case examines the key characteristics of the social enterprise capital markets and explore the challenges of personal philanthropy to identify the factors that maximize impact inefficacy and inefficiency.

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Reimagining Microfinance

Author: Counts, Alex
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Publication Year: 2008

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Despite the fact that most microfinance institutions (MFIs) were established to reduce poverty, many are starting to look like traditional financial institutions.

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Microfinance in Asia

Not So Risky, Not So Micro

Author: Knowledge@SMU
Product Type: Web Sites; Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Knowledge@SMU
Publication Year: 2009

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For many of the rural poor and socially-disadvantaged in developing countries, microfinancing is a key source of capital. With loans of just hundreds or even tens of dollars, this group, commonly known as “the under-banked”, has been able to jump-start small businesses of their own and achieve a certain level of economic success. As such, more lenders – both public and private – have been willing to accept the risks of working with this stratum of borrowers. However, with the global economy looking bleak and financial regulations tightening across the board, microfinancing activities have been sharply reduced.

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Crediamigo: Partnering with VivaCred?

Authors: Raufflet, Emmanuel; Lavoie, Frédéric
Product Type: Cases
Source: HEC Montréal; CECI
Publication Year: 2012

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Marcelo Azevedo and the planning committee of Crediamigo, Brazil’s largest microfinance institution, need to figure out an entry strategy into Rio de Janeiro’s microfinance market. The challenge is to decide how best to enter this competitive market and how to partner with other organizations.

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ALTIS: A Microfinance Startup in Nepal

Authors: Greene, Jacen; Marshall, Scott
Product Type: Cases
Source: Portland State University
Publication Year: 2010

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This case describes the issues and dilemmas facing a social entrepreneur in his efforts to initiate a microfinance operation in the rural agricultural areas of Nepal.

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Social Entrepreneurship

Banco Compartamos

Author: Baron, David P.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2008

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Banco Compartamos was formed in 1990 as a non-governmental organization to aid the poor in rural areas of Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico by providing microloans. This case briefly explores Banco Compartamos and microfinance approaches.

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Social Entrepreneurship

Kiva

Author: Baron, David P.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2008

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After hearing a talk by Muhammad Yunis, a Bangladeshi economist, about an innovative program to provide loans to beggars, Jessica Jackley Flannery became convinced that microfinance "was the coolest thing in the world." This case describes Kiva's operations and introduces the challenges that the organization faced as it pondered growth.

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Microfinance in China: A Growing Footprint in the Wake of New Guidelines

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Publication Year: 2009

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The notion that banks are built to serve those who are relatively well off has been challenged by Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Grameen Bank.

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Dastkaari at Kashf Foundation (A)

Authors: Tirmizi, S.; Hussain, N.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Lahore University of Management Sciences (SEDC)
Publication Year: 2005

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Kashf was set up in 1996 as Pakistan's first microfinance organization, providing microfinance services solely to women.

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Banco Compartamos: Life after the IPO

Authors: Chu, Michael; Garcia-Cuellar, Regina
Product Type: Cases
Source: HBSP
Publication Year: 2008

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This case exposes students to the leading edge of microfinance while providing the basis for analysis of the key success factors of a business model serving low-income populations and examining which complement or destroy the creation of social value.

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Access: Microfinance

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

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In contrast to the downside of globalization, access to capital and other resources is one way in which increased connectivity helps the poor.

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African Bank Investments Ltd: Breaking Through Microfinance Frontiers

Authors: Mosala, T.; Denga, B.
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2008

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The case reviews the rise of African Bank Investments Limited, under the leadership of Leon Kirkinis, as one of the predominant players in the provision of financial credit services to the mass employed population of South Africa.

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Microfinance’s Success Sets Off a Debate in Mexico

Author: Malkin, Elisabeth
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2008

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Carlos Danel and Carlos Labarthe turned a nonprofit that lent money to Mexico’s poor into one of the country’s most profitable banks.

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Controlling Growth at a Mexican Microfinance Start-Up

Authors: Reddy, Rekha; Linowes, Richard
Product Type: Cases
Source: Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program
Publication Year: 2004

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Esperanza was aware that fraud was extremely common in young microfinance organizations, especially those with imperfect operations and information systems, but her experience with the troubled branch left her shocked by how much damage could be done by a single employee in such a short period time.

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Grameen Bank

The Grameen Central Credit System

Authors: Gupta, Vivek; Indu, P.
Product Type: Cases
Source: ICMR Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2006

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The case explains Bangladesh based Grameen Bank's two microfinance models - Grameen Classic System and Grameen General System (GGS). Data is presented so that students are able to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of Grameen General microfinance model.

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micro Home Solutions: A Social Housing Initiative in India

Authors: Kerr, William R.; Brownell, Alexis
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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mHS is a social enterprise for the provision of affordable housing in India. After India's microfinance industry collapses, mHS needs to reposition itself for continued operations and long-term growth.

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BANEX and the ,,No Pago" Movement (A, B)

Authors: Cole, Shawn; Kempner, Baily Blair
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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This case examines Grassroots Capital's decision of whether or not to continue investing in a Bolivian microfinance bank that is suffering financial distress.

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New Models for Doing Business: An Interview with Ho Kwon Ping

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Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Social Space, Lien Centre for Social Innovation, Singapore Management University
Publication Year: 2009

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The business sector has been a tremendous source of innovation for the social space, giving the world social innovations such as microfinance and venture philanthropy. Business entrepreneur Ho Kwon Ping shares with Social Space his insights on how business principles can be applied to the social sector, and on the paradigm shifts needed in the commercial sector as well as in business schools.

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ACCION International

Authors: Quelch, John A.; Laidler, Nathalie
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2003

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ACCION International is a major nonprofit player in microfinance. Reviews the organization's history and evolution, details current activities and relationships within its network, and assesses the organization's challenges moving forward.

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Women's World Banking: Catalytic Change Through Networks

Authors: Harmeling, Susan; Austin, James E.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2000

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Describes the evolution of Women's World Banking, an international microfinance nonprofit, promoting financial access for poor women. Explores the organization's development of different types of networks to achieve its mission.

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Kiva

Authors: Saloner, Garth; Coates, Bethany
Product Type: Cases; Web Sites
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2008

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By 2007, Kiva had gone through a rapid growth phase. The case recounts the debut of the first online person-to-person microfinance organization and looks at the founders' plan for future development.

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How Women Entrepreneurs Are Driving Business in the Middle East

Author:
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2010

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Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud is an Arabian princess with an entrepreneurial streak.

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Social Enterprise: A Moral Framework for Leadership and Excellence?

Authors: Teo, Kevin; Lim, Leng Leroy
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Social Space, Lien Centre for Social Innovation, Singapore Management University
Publication Year: 2009

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Kevin Teo and Leng Leroy Lim trace the ideas and movements that have shaped beliefs about economics, business, and leadership, then challenge these assumptions to advance a new moral ethos for a new age.

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ABN AMRO's Real Microcredito: A Multinational Bank's Entry into the Micro-credit Market

Authors: Mugica, Yerina; Moura, Frederico
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill
Publication Year: 2009

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Recognizing a potential market and seeing a service that could both help the community and be self-sustaining Banco ABN AMRO Real launched Real Microcredito in July 2002, in partnership with ACCION, a non-governmental organization specializing in micro-credit worldwide.

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PRODEM FFP's Multilingual Smart ATMs for Microfinance

Authors: Mugica, Yerina; Hernandez, Roberto
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Microenterprise Development Division of The United States Agency for International Development
Publication Year: 2003

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PRODEM FFP is a private financial fund that has developed a strong competitive advantage in serving the bottom-of-the-pyramid market in Bolivia by developing solutions based on proprietary technology that lowers costs, better meets existing customers' needs, and makes its services accessible to new customers.

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Banco do Nordeste's CrediAmigo

Author: Mugica, Yerina
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill
Publication Year: 2009

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Banco do Nordeste and the World Bank decided to develop and launch a pilot low-income bank, targeting micro-entrepreneurs from informal sectors.

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Female Empowerment: Impact of a Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines

Working Paper 09-100

Authors: Ashraf, Nava; Karlan, Dean; Yin, Wesley
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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We examine whether access to and marketing of an individually-held commitment savings product leads to an increase in female decision-making power within the household.

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Micro-franchise Against Malaria

Author: Flannery, Jessica
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Publication Year: 2007

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The HealthStore Foundation combines microfinance with established franchising practices to address the simple problem of “getting the drugs to sick people when and where they are needed,” says founder and CEO Scott Hillstrom.

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Insuring the Poor: Bajaj Allianz Microinsurance Initiatives in India

Author: Walter, I.
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD The Business School for the World
Publication Year: 2009

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Kanyakumari and Hyderabad were a study in contrast in India, itself a land of contrasts. Kanyakumari was a small town at the extreme southern tip of the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea - with a population of about 20,000 and an economy focused mainly on fishing and tourism. Far to the north, Hyderabad was the financial and economic capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh, having evolved from a primarily service city to an urban complex of some seven million people with a highly diversified economy, including trade, transport, commerce, storage, communication and a vibrant technology sector.

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Video: Poor People's Bank Thrives

Author: Lisovicz, Susan
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: CNN
Publication Year: 2009

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A bank that helps poor people in the Third World now in the U.S.

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