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Microfinance Helping Micro, Small and Agro-businesses Grow in Kazakhstan

Flexible lending conditions and mobile loan eligibility assessment app making small loans possible for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan, particularly in rural areas
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ALMATY, Kazakhstan, October 31, 2018 /3BL Media/ – KMF, a Kazakhstan-based microfinance organization, joins Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to expand access to financial products and services for 40,000 new micro-, small- and agrobusiness customers across Kazakhstan by the end of 2018. KMF also commits to ensuring at least half of its new clients will be women, and will actively engage potential clients from rural areas.  

VIDEO | Barclays Citizenship Awards: Luke Davies and Green Deposit

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Luke Davies was instrumental in the creation and launch of the Green Deposit, a first-to-market commercial product to help Barclays transition to a low-carbon economy. This pioneering and innovative corporate banking solution is a first for Barclays and the market.

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Closed Loop Launches Circulate Capital to Take on Ocean Plastics in Asia

by Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group
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Closed Loop Partners today is announcing a new venture, Circulate Capital, to invest in companies, innovations and projects that prevent marine plastic waste originating in Asia.

Bringing Banking to Low Income Communities in Northern Nigeria

Union Bank of Nigeria joins Business Call to Action by committing to provide access to financial services for 30,000 low income individuals in the country’s north
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Union Bank of Nigeria (Union Bank) has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a pledge to provide access to financial services for at least 30,000 people from low income communities in 11 states across northern Nigeria by 2020, where currently more than half the population are unbanked.

Fix (Don't Flush) the Estate Tax

Recirculating this wealth, either voluntarily or through taxation is fundamental to a healthy metabolism, as we know from the study of all regenerative systems. It’s not ideological.
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“The external glitter of wealth conceals a corrupt political core that reflects the growing gap between the very few rich and the very many poor.” – Mark Twain, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873)

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“The external glitter of wealth conceals a corrupt political core that reflects the growing gap between the very few rich and the very many poor.” – Mark Twain, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873)

Arrow Electronics Spotlights the Tech Entrepreneur’s Journey at Denver Startup Week

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DENVER, October 26, 2017 /3BL Media/  – Arrow Electronics hosted “The Entrepreneur’s Journey” at General Assembly during this year’s Denver Startup Week 2017, offering an inside look at how two successful entrepreneurs overcame the challenges of developing and bringing smart, connected internet of things (IoT) products to market.

100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Announces Grant Winning Institutions

MetLife Foundation Funds New Higher Education Partnerships for Study Abroad in the Americas
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SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico, October 17, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced today the latest 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant winners sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

The ROI of CSR, a Conversation With Leor Rotchild, Executive Director of CBSR

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In this episode of the Champions for Social Good Podcast, Leor Rotchild (@PlanetLeor), Executive Director of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (@CBSRNews), speaks with us about the influence of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on investors and stock price. Leor shares that, according to research, 75% of professional investors analyze a company’s environment, social and governance (ESG) performance before deciding to invest.

Microfinance in the Face of Adversity: Emergency Loans in Cameroon

By Brian Doe, Whole Planet Foundation’s Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East
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During annual field visits to our microfinance partners, we often see them searching for better ways to help their clients. Unexpected household shocks can seriously jeopardize the livelihoods of the poorest entrepreneurs and their families. The microfinance sector may be in its infancy in successfully providing access to financial products to buffer the effects of devastating health emergencies, floods, droughts, fires and other disasters, but we have seen innovative approaches from partners all over the world designed to mitigate these unexpected events.

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