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Creating the World's First Sustainable Highway

Mission Zero Corridor Project selects Innovia Technology to evaluate ground-breaking technologies
Press Release

Is it possible to have a ‘green highway’? The Mission Zero Corridor Project in West Georgia believes that it is. It has appointed breakthrough innovation consultancy Innovia Technology to help create a ‘travel corridor’ and rethink the purpose and function of this infrastructure to generate social, environmental and economic value.

RSF Social Finance Announces Shared Gifting North Carolina

Press Release

August 5, 2015 /3BL Media/ -  RSF Social Finance is thrilled to announce that we are hosting a Shared Gifting circle in the triangle area of North Carolina. This is RSF’s fifth Shared Gifting circle, but the first in North Carolina. The reason for this announcement is to raise $50,000 in matching funds for Shared Gifting NC.

The Next 25 Social Enterprise Stars: Forging New Relationships

Blog

This article was originally published in the Summer 2015 RSF Quarterly.

by Ted Levinson

There’s still time to refer potential borrowers to RSF Social Finance through our Next 25 Social Enterprise Stars campaign (see excellent examples below), but we’re close enough to the end of this yearlong campaign to reflect on the results. Not surprisingly, it’s all about the relationships.

RSF Social Finance Purchases $9 Million in Solar Bonds from SolarCity

Transaction sparks relationship between social enterprise and clean energy leaders
Press Release

San Franscisco, July 23, 2015 /3BL Media/ — RSF Social Finance (RSF) is pleased to announce that it has purchased $9 million in solar bonds from clean energy leader SolarCity, which launched its public bond offering  to individual consumers in October.

RSF Social Finance Employee Profile: Anna Lin-Campbell

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by Jenn Raley Miller

As part of our Social Impact Assessment (as mentioned in RSF’s 2014 Annual Report), RSF Social Finance employees answer a series of questions about the impact of our culture and work on them. A key assumption is that working on oneself is an important aspect of transforming the way the world works with money. The following is a glimpse into one employee’s personal journey.

Madécasse Breaks the Mold by Making Chocolate at the Source

Article

When former Peace Corps volunteers Tim McCollum and Brett Beach looked for ways to make a social impact in Madagascar, they focused on one of the ironies of African economies: the continent is rich in raw materials, but it rarely reaps the benefits. That’s because foreign companies buy up Africa’s resources and take them offshore for manufacturing.

Transformational Gifts

Views on the Power of Making and Receiving Gifts
Article

This article was originally published in the Spring 2015 RSF Quarterly.

A Social Lender Pursues a Radical Experiment in Financial Transparency and Participation

by Amy Cortese
Article

This article was originally published on Locavesting.com

On a rainy evening in March, sixteen people gathered in a tucked away conference room in Brooklyn. Before the evening was through, they would decide among themselves a key rate of interest that would affect borrowers and investors across the country.

RSF Social Finance Makes a Loan to American Halal Company

Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2015 /3BL Media/ RSF Social Finance (RSF) is pleased to announce a new loan to American Halal Company, Inc. (dba Saffron Road Foods), a Certified Halal all natural food brand.  RSF financing will be used to fund working capital needs for this rapidly growing business.

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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