The AlalaySaKaunlaran, Inc. (ASKI), a Philippine based development organization was awarded the first Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Social Performance by OikoCredit Southeast Asia in a simple ceremony held in Manila, recently. According to OikoCredit, the ESG awards are given to recognize their selected partners who have consistently exhibited exc

While communication in the business world is normally used to maximize profits, an effective communication strategy for an MFI means more business and less poverty. An MFI's mission could be clear to employees and clients, yet inaccessible to the public. Without effective communication, MFIs can become invisible or misunderstood, and as a result, have access to fewer resources.

BlueOrchard released its ‘Social Performance Report 2011’ presenting performance data and analysis from its investments in Microfinance Institutions (MFIs).

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Flickr are some social media tools MFIs can employ in their business.

Grameen Foundation India has announced that Bangalore based microfinance institution, Grameen Koota, is the first fully certified user of the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) in India. Grameen Koota is a division of Grameen Financial Services Private Limited (GFSPL).

A series of reports by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program highlights that households that invest in basic sanitation have a better standard of living and thus could increase up to seven fold the return on investment in economic benefits in East Asia.

In an attempt to provide affordable micro health program to the underserved sections of the society, Mysore based healthcare consultancy and service provider Suddanand Healthcare has developed a symbiotic relationship with microfinance institutions in Karnataka.

The term “social” entrepreneur is illusionary and leads to false expectations and in many cases delay real solutions. Once these expectations are not met, they lead to disengagement and frustration. Business and Charity never mix. When business gets mixed with charity, shareholders sulk, governments frown, false hopes dash and a ‘black swan’ event happens e.g. the Andhra Pradesh (India) Mi

Microfinance has a clear role in mitigating this problem through supporting small farmers that can contribute to the total endogenous agricultural production of their respective countries.

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