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Remembering Typhoon Haiyan

Four years ago, the Philippines was utterly devastated by the strongest landfalling tropical cyclone on record, Typhoon Haiyan. The 30th storm of the 2013 Pacific Typhoon season, Haiyan originally seemed to be just another strong tropical storm. However, as it moved west, it kept gaining power at a seemingly exponential…...

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Donor Spotlight: Tom Kenney

This past week, we at Wisconsin Microfinance received one of the largest single donations we have ever had in our eight years of operations, made in memory of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Tom Kenny. We were so touched by Tom’s story, as relayed by his partner Julie and his colleagues,…...

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Closing the Gap: Issues with Global Agriculture and the Need for Increased Funding

Globally, one in seven people are hungry. In Africa, one in four people are hungry, and populations are only continuing to climb exponentially. However, in the same place, farmers are only producing at 40% capacity. There are a multitude of issues in food storage, irrigation, and overall infrastructure that prevent…...

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The Necessity of Sustainability

What does it mean to be sustainable? When applied to the environment, sustainability refers to a state in which the strain put on the environment can be met without reducing its capacity to allow all people to live well into a future state. The economic definition is similar, referring to…...

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Muhammad Yunus: The Architect of Microfinance

Every year, the first week of October serves as a global celebration of knowledge and understanding as the Nobel prizes are awarded in recognition of academic, cultural, and scientific advances. Past prize winners include Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela, and most salient to this spotlight, Muhammad Yunus. Yunus was awarded the…...

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A Spotlight on Mozayik

Imagine that your entire community has been destroyed: houses leveled, lives forced to start again in a new and unfamiliar location. Imagine that you straggled to whatever patch of land you could find and attempted to regain some sense of normalcy and community. Now imagine that you were forced out…...

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Wisconsin Microfinance: After the Storm

This week, Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean while her contemporaries, Harvey and Maria, made devastating landfalls of their own, creating a three-pronged path of destruction. Antigua and Barbuda, one of the small island nations affected, reported having up to 95% of the structures in Barbuda completely demolished. Tragedies like these…...

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