I just watched Global Partnerships‘ new video, and am very impressed. In addition to that, they have organized a happy hour in Seattle on the topic of impact investing later this month. When: November 16 2017 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m Where: Global Partnerships Office: 1932 First Ave, Suite 400, Seattle Join Global Partnerships for happy hour, networking and lively conversation with a panel of GP staff. Bring your burning questions about GP … Read More >>

Despite technological advancements and high levels of consumer awareness, financial fraud is common these days because fraudsters are highly adaptive and creative. The risk of financial loss at the hands of scammers, hackers and swindlers is evenly spread across the developed and developing world. The difference, perhaps, lies in the level of sophistication of these attacks, where the loose legal, regulatory and technical frameworks of third world countries make it … Read More >>


Tell me about Tala

Tala, formerly InVenture, is revolutionizing financial services in countries around the world by bringing credit scores to billions of people in East Africa, India and South Africa who not only don’t have one, but don’t have a mechanism to get one. These individuals may not be unbanked, but their countries have no system for them to measure their credit. This makes makes scalability and financial growth difficult: if you are a borrower, … Read More >>

Global Partnerships‘ annual Luncheon is rapidly approaching on October 13th. They are looking for a bit of volunteer help from the Seattle microfinance community. Details are below, if you are interested in lending a helping hand, please reach out to Alison Driver at adriver at globalpartnerships.org. Volunteer Work Party – Saturday, October 8th, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (at Global Partnerships): Lend a hand as we put together table decorations, programs, info packets, … Read More >>

So I know this is beyond incredibly late notice, but there is a Global Partnerships open house tomorrow morning at their office in Seattle. In real estate, an open house is a scheduled period of time in which a house or other dwelling is designated to be open for viewing by potential buyers, this is a great post to read. The term open house can also refer to the real … Read More >>


Kiva U.S. has arrived

Kiva.org is known for crowdfunding socially responsible business loans (in increments of just $25) between ordinary people halfway around the world from one another. The cornerstone of the non-profit organization is the online platform, which allows anyone with an Internet connection, $25 and a PayPal account to contribute to a small loan for someone in the developing world. The practice highlights the strength of the American dollar when efficiently applied in the developing world; $300 USD for a farmer in … Read More >>

Since 2005, more than 1.8 million people around the world have made a loan on Kiva…

There’s been a microfinance angle to Horizon (a blend of AirBnB & Couchsurfing within trusted networks) all along — if I had to trace the origins back to the very beginning, finding those deeply involved in the microfinance industry around the globe was one of the early pain points I experienced traveling. The other microfinance tie is our support for Kiva while testing what we refer to as #travelbygiving (replacing or supplementing house gifts with donations … Read More >>

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