Category Archives: Featured

Live Below the Line Challenge

Want to see what it’s like living below the poverty line? Spend 5 days feeding yourself with $1.50 a day.  Get a glimpse of what it is like for 1.4 billion people in the world. Live Below the Line is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, an education and campaigning organization whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action against extreme poverty. Learn more … Read More >>

Bob Harris put $20k of his own money into Kiva loans, then asked the question… “Is it doing any good?” So, Bob followed the money—from Kiva to their field partners to some of the actual recipients—traveling around the world to Peru, Bosnia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Cambodia, Nepal, the Philippines, Lebanon, India, and more. The International Bank of Bob is the compilation of that journey. You can purchase the book HERE or … Read More >>

Don’t miss an exclusive screening and behind-the-scenes discussion of a new film The New York Times calls “one of the hottest ’cause’ documentaries in years.” Vulcan Productions and World Vision invite you to the Seattle Red Carpet Premiere of the film Girl Rising a fundraiser to benefit girls around the world WHEN: Thursday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) WHERE: Seattle Cinerama, 2100 4th Avenue, Seattle. WATCH … Read More >>

Last month Vittana was matching loans to all new users and it was such a success that this month they are matching loans for existing users!  Vittana has been given $40,000 to use for matching, but only until 11:59pm on March 1st, so make sure you loan soon! 2x Matching Campaign! from Vittana on Vimeo.

The number of people around the world who have access to microcredit financing has fallen for the first time in 13 years, reflecting turmoil in the sector and fall out from the global financial crisis.  The total number of people with access to microloans and other financial services fell by 10 million in 2011 compared to 2010.  The sector had ballooned since the 1990s, reaching hundreds of millions of people and … Read More >>

Vittana: 5,000 Smiles in 2012

Cool video from Vittana showing the faces of the people they’ve supported in 2012: 5,000 smiles in 2012! from Vittana on Vimeo.

Who said you need a financial institution for microfinance? These ladies certainly don’t! About 160 kilometers outside the capital of the African nation Burkina Faso, a group of women have come together to form their own microcredit system.  They raised the capital, and then spread it out to their members like a microfinance institution would do.  The capital comes from and is returned to the actual beneficiaries of microfinance.  The … Read More >>

Upcoming Microfinance Events

Here are some fun upcoming microfinance events to get involved with! Shine 5K Run for Prosperity Where: 500 Amboy Road.  Asheville Road, NC 28806. When: December 20th 4:00-6:00 pm. Come raise seed money to establish scholarship funds in microfinance education and research.  The run is $15 and free for kids! Accounting and Microfinance Conference When: December 21st Where: The Grove Park Inn.  Asheville, North Carolina. The purpose of this event is to … Read More >>

Chooze is a good returns company and invests its profits in anti-poverty programs at the end of each year.  These programs provide training, support, education, and loans to women so they can start their own businesses and lift themselves out of poverty.  The loans are paid back at the end of the year, and the cycle starts again.  They choose to loan money this way because it is more sustainable … Read More >>

Global Islamic Microfinance Forum

Islamic banking, banking in accordance with the religious laws of Islam, has been around for thousands of years and still prevails today in its modernized form. Islamic banking has restrictions that are, at times, very different from Western banking. These include profit-sharing between entrepreneur and investor and the prohibition of charging interest. In Islam, one of the five pillars is zakat: the giving of a portion of one’s income to … Read More >>