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Microfinance’s Role in Disaster Recovery

The Earth is changing. That is for certain. Though the future is undefined, especially on a climate scale, it is sure to contain an increase in both the frequency and intensity of storms. According to the National Weather Service, the past year was unusually active for hurricane formations. In a…...

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Mother’s Day Microfinance

Every year on Mother’s day, we take time out to recognize and appreciate the mothers who have given and nurtured life in all of us. However, this adoration should not be reserved to just one day. Around the world, especially in developing countries, women are often economically disenfranchised and are…...

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Donor Spotlight: LeeAnn Glover

As another month begins, we would like to take a moment to once again recognize another one of our wonderful donors, LeeAnn Glover.  A local Madisonian, Glover has the area firmly imprinted in her life. She grew up in Madison, then went on to attend the University of Wisconsin Madison…...

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Why I Believe in Microfinance

Around the world, there are thousands upon thousands of charities doing wonderful work for worthy causes. There is never a shortage of need. In almost every community, both local and global, there is work that needs to be done. However, because of the ubiquity of need, there also tend to…...

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Logistics of Microfinance: The How

In this blog, we often write about the benefits that microfinance is able to offer to communities to fight poverty, balance gender disparities, avoid environmental degradation, etc. However, the logistics of how microfinance itself functions is sometimes lost in the margins. To understand any story, one must always start at…...

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Overcrowding and Underfunding: Microfinance and Slowing Urban Concentration

Around 75% of the developing world’s poor still live in rural areas. However, urban growth in these same countries accounts for much of the United Nation’s predicted global population increases. Not only are these levels of urban migration increasing every year, but the rates are becoming more and more unsustainable.…...

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The Role of Microfinance in Mitigating Gender Inquality

One of the main pillars of microfinance is its focus on women. In terms of financial institutions, microfinance stands alone in its prioritization of the economic health of women. In fact, over 80% of all microloans are afforded to women. In a world where few options exist for women to…...

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