New Findings Published in Global Microfinance Index

Wed, 2014-11-12 21:29
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of The Economist Group recently released a report analyzing the microfinance business environment in 55 countries around the globe. The study was based on evaluations of each nation’s regulatory, investment and institutional environment for microfinance. Among other things, factors taken into consideration are official legal recognition, interest rate restrictions, accounting standards, transparency, and the range of services provided beyond credit.

GIS Helps Grameen America Identify Microlending Markets

Thu, 2014-11-06 20:55

Esri, a geographic information systems company, recently published an article about how Grameen America uses its Business Analyst software to identify ideal target markets and prioritize metropolitan areas for program expansion. In six years, Grameen America has expanded to 11 cities across the United States including New York, Boston, Indianapolis, Omaha, Charlotte, Austin, Union City, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, and San Juan.

The Importance of Building Credit

Thu, 2014-10-16 19:20

The New York Times' Patricia Cohen just published an article about the importance of building credit. Mission Asset Fund, a non-profit group based out of San Francisco, works with informal lending groups and reports loan repayments to credit rating agencies. “A credit report is like a passport to the financial marketplace,” said José Quiñonez, the chief executive of Mission Asset Fund.

Hillary Clinton Announces Grameen America's Commitment to Invest $50MM in Harlem

Thu, 2014-09-25 17:08

Hillary Clinton announced at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Grameen America's commitment to invest $50 million in over 7,000 women-owned businesses in Harlem through 2020. In 2008, Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus successfully implemented his microfinance model in Queens and is now expanding this program to serve low-income women in Harlem.

LIVE: Grameen America to be Featured at 2014 CGI Annual Meeting

Wed, 2014-09-24 08:00

Tune in on Wednesday, September 24 at 9:40am EST to watch as Grameen America Board Chair Muhammad Yunus, President & CEO Andrea Jung, and Secretary Clinton announce Grameen America's new commitment at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.

Corporate Giants Go Social

Tue, 2014-08-26 19:22

It is no secret that the rising 'millennial' generation is more likely to purchase products and services from companies that are making a positive social impact. According to a U.S. Trust Report, 69% of millennials use their investments as “a way to express social, political and environmental values.” Many companies, whether to attract consumers or because of redefined strategic goals, are changing the way they operate in order to incorporate consumer values such as gender equality, education and financial inclusion.

Bringing Microfinance to Life for a Younger Generation

Thu, 2014-07-31 18:58
Guest Post by Hannah Gallen, Development and Communications Summer Intern

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