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RSF Supports Microfinance with Loan to MCE Social Capital

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SAN FRANCISCO, October 12, 2015  /3BL Media/ ­– Maria Ramos operates a small roadside flower shop outside of the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. A mother of two, Maria recently used a loan originated by a MCE Social Capital (MCE) client to purchase new plant pots, which have helped her increase sales.

How Bigger Data and Better Analysis Supports Financial Access

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Presented by MetLife Foundation in collaboration with WSJ. Custom Studios, Multipliers of Prosperity takes a look globally at the challenges we face in confronting the issues of financial inclusion. The program dives deep into what’s working, questions what isn’t and finds the possible fixes. Most importantly, the program chronicles the triumphs of people who have taken the steps toward financial stability and the providers who have helped them reach those goals.

Using Nature’s Design Principles to Feed Nine Billion

Finalists announced for the world’s first food system focused biomimicry innovation accelerator
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September 30, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Earlier this year, hundreds of people from around the world took on a challenge to fix our global food system by looking to nature for design solutions. Now, eight finalist teams have been invited to prototype their solutions in an accelerator program that will award $100,000 to the top contender in an effort to increase speed to market for biomimetic solutions to global problems.

Ecocentricity Blog - September 1, 2015

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We at the Ray C. Anderson Foundation place great faith in our higher education institutions. They have the ability to impact and form the minds of our next innovators, our next leaders and thinkers and writers, our youngest voters, our soon-to-be wives, husbands, and parents. Our universities can be the fertile ground from which tomorrow’s change emerges, and that change might, and hopefully will, leave the world a better place.  Read more.

Fortune Recognizes CEMEX´s Positive Impact in the World

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MONTERREY, Mexico. August 20, 2015, /3BL Media/ -  CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) announced today that it has been included in Fortune’s Change the World list, a ranking that recognizes 50 companies worldwide that have made a sizable impact on major global social or environmental problems as part of their competitive strategy. In the 16th place, CEMEX is the only Latin-American based company included and the only company from the construction materials sector.

Mission Zero® A Legacy of Sustainability

Reprinted from Troup Trends Article by Trey Wood
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"There is no more strategic issue for a company, or any organization, than its ultimate purpose.  For those who think business exists to make a profit, I suggest they think again.  Business makes a profit to exist.  Surely it must exist, for some higher, nobler purpose than that."

Ray C. Anderson

[Video] How the Poor Manage Money

By CGAP
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Presented by MetLife Foundation in collaboration with WSJ. Custom Studios, Multipliers of Prosperity takes a look globally at the challenges we face in confronting the issues of financial inclusion. The program dives deep into what’s working, questions what isn’t and finds the possible fixes. Most importantly, the program chronicles the triumphs of people who have taken the steps toward financial stability and the providers who have helped them reach those goals.

Gastrognomes Blog: Good Food Jobs - Megan Schuknecht

Reprinted from Megan Schuknect's Blog on Gastrognomes
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Reprinted from Gastrognomes Blog

Mother Nature has so much to teach us, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the high impact of things like weather patterns and natural disasters. But the concept of Biomimicry is based on the idea that Mother Nature is a master designer, and if we take inspiration from those designs, we can create manmade things that will improve our lives, naturally.

MetLife Foundation and Opportunity International Launch Partnership to Support Financial Access and Education for China Entrepreneurs

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CHICAGO, July 10, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Today, MetLife Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting the power, quality and access of financial services around the world, announces a three-year, $1.8 million partnership with Opportunity International to promote knowledge and access to financial services in rural China.

Dispatch from India—With Small Loans, Big Impact

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Financial inclusion isn’t a one-size-fits-all process, with more than 2 billion people worldwide living outside the global financial system. Traditional methods such as savings accounts or credit cards are no longer adequate or up to the challenge of bringing in those billions of people living on the outer fiscal fringe. The good news: advances in big data and technology—sometimes as simple as a mobile phone app—along with changes in regulation and creative partnerships between the public and private sectors are providing new pathways to help people gain financial stability.

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