Social entrepreneurs, impact investors, microcredit institutions...
Discover here the stories of inspiring actors who strive to build a more sustainable and inclusive society using innovative financial solutions.
YCAB - Micro-financing mothers to invest in Indonesia’s next generation
October 28th, 2018
YCAB aims at improving education in Indonesia through a microfinance program dedicated to mothers. Sending their children to school is a prerequisite to the loan.
Key words: microfinance, education, women empowerment
In Paris, a local currency gives back economic power to the citizens
October 22nd, 2018
For the past few months, the local currency known as the"pêche" has been in circulation in the Paris. It aims at supporting short circuits so as to reduce the environmental footprint and strengthen the social bond in the city.
Key words: local currency, local economy, finance
Reducing the use of plastic packaging in Indonesia - No time to waste
October 14th, 2018
Evoware is a making edible cups and food packaging made of seaweed to reduce the use of plastic and to improve the livelihoods of seaweed farmers in Indonesia.
Key words: plastic, seaweed farmers, waste management, environment
Demo Day : a head start in the entrepreneurial journey
October 7th, 2018
Demo Days are key moments in start-up acceleration programs, where entrepreneurs get the opportunity to pitch their business model to a large public of potential investors.
Key words: demo day, acceleration, start-up, entrepreneurship, investments
SolarHome brightens the future of Myanmar rural populations
September 30th, 2018
SolarHome provides off-grid solar systems at an affordable price for the poorest populations of rural Myanmar. It relies on both venture capital and impact investments.
Key words: access to energy, solar, local development
From smallholders to agri-preneurs in Myanmar: farmers are taming the digital world with Impact Terra
September 23trd, 2018
Impact Terra offers digital services to help smallholder farmers in Myanmar increase their productivity, connect to markets, and get access to microfinance. All of this through their mobile application : Golden Paddy.
Key words: digital literacy, financial inclusion, productivity, agriculture
Saving Groups : when undeserved communities become their own bankers
September 17th, 2018
A saving group is a community-driven system based on trust which enables people that are excluded from the traditional banking system to lend and borrow money from the members.
Key words: saving group, rural communities, financial inclusion
Impact investing: bringing together financial, social and environmental purposes
September 10th, 2018
Ever heard of impact investing? Find out how UBERIS makes financially sustainable investments while having a positive impact on the planet and the society.
Key words: impact investing, responsible finance, social business
Sustainable Green Fuel (SGF) - From a local NGO initiative to international ambitions: what does it take to scale up impact?
September 2nd, 2018
SGF is a Cambodian social business which reuses coconut shells and charcoal residues to produce a clean, good quality and affordable fuel. It employs former waste-pickers from the Phnom Pehn landfills.
Key words: social business, clean energy, alleviating poverty, deforestation
Interview with Philippe Guichandut, Head of Inclusive Finance Development at the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation
July 22nd, 2018
The Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation contributes to the fight against exclusion of the poor and rural populations by supporting local microfinance initiatives and the development of social entrepreneurship in 32 developing countries.
Key words: microfinance, social entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, responsible finance
Cropital, a peer-to-peer lending platform to grow both money… and the next harvest
July 10th, 2018
Filippino Ruel Amparo introduces us to his crowdfunding platform, which connects individual moneylenders to local farmers in the Philippines to help them develop their business and adapt to climate change.
Key words: crowdfunding, agriculture, poverty alleviation
Interview with Pr. Muhammad Yunus,
Nobel Peace Prize 2006 and founder of the first microcredit bank in the world
June 17th, 2018
The "banker of the poor" tells us about how microfinance can help people to get out of poverty, empower women to become entrepreneurs and tackle climate change.
Key words: microcredit, gender issues, climate mitigation and adaptation, poverty alleviation
CARD MRI – Micro-financing communities before individuals in the Philippines
June 12th, 2018
Follow Kiko and Camille for an immersion in the familial and communal spirit of the biggest microfinance-based economic system in the Philippines
Key words: multi-institutional microfinance system, community-driven development, gender sensitive, poverty alleviation