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The State of Inclusive Business: Four Things We Know

By Paula Pelaez, Head of Business Call to Action
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For the cost of a New York take-out sandwich or less, most of the world’s population - seven out of 10 people – have to make ends meet every day. Inclusive business is helping them to break this cycle of poverty by creating jobs, affordable goods and services, education and skills training and more.

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For the cost of a New York take-out sandwich or less, most of the world’s population - seven out of 10 people – have to make ends meet every day. Inclusive business is helping them to break this cycle of poverty by creating jobs, affordable goods and services, education and skills training and more.

Thriving to Succeed – Microfinance Company Empowers Zimbabwean Women to Achieve Financial Independence

Thrive Microfinance tailors finance products to low income women in Zimbabwe which helps them open and grow businesses, afford safe housing and build their economic independence
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HARARE, Zimbabwe, December 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Thrive, a microfinance business based in Harare, Zimbabwe believes in lending that leads to economic growth for women and girls who would ordinarily fail to access financial services from the mainstream financial sector.  Thrive joins Business Call to Action with a commitment that will provide microenterprise loans and borrowing and business management training for 16,500 economically active low-income women and girls.

Soft Skills: The Key to Future-proofing Jobs in India

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As the Indian economy rapidly embraces new tech, skills such as management and creativity become essential. We need to ensure low-income earners get necessary training, says Ivan Lukas.

BCtA News Bite November 2018

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Only one month remains of 2018, but we are feeling invigorated after an eventful three months since our last News Bite and looking forward to the year ahead!

East-West Seed Leads Seed Industry On Increasing Smallholder Farmer Productivity in South and Southeast Asia

First ever Access to Seeds Index for South and Southeast Asia evaluated 24 leading seed companies in the region on support for Sustainable Development Goals
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Manila, The Philippines, November 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Thailand-based East-West Seed outperformed global giants Bayer and Syngenta in the first-ever Access to Seeds Index for South and Southeast Asia, which evaluated the efforts of 24 leading seed companies in the region to support growth in the productivity of smallholder farmers, one of the main targets of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

How Companies Can Use Data to Maximise Impact

It is possible for businesses to improve lives and be commercially successful – but harnessing the power of data management is crucial
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From developing an efficient clinical system in rural Kenya to providing a shareable source of clean energy in Rwanda, emerging inclusive businesses – those that engage people with less than $10 (£8) per day in purchasing power – are gathering steam. While these innovative ventures focus on providing positive impact to local communities, they also seek commercial success. Inclusive businesses can make significant improvements in the communities where they work, while pursuing the highest level of return.

Recycling Empowers Rural Populations to Overcome Poverty and Food Insecurity

Social Enterprise breaking the cycle of poverty in rural Colombia by exchanging recyclable waste for essential household goods such as food, medicine and agricultural inputs
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Boyaca, Colombia, November 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Bancalimentos, a social enterprise that exchanges recyclable goods for essential household goods with vulnerable rural populations in Boyaca, Colombia,  joins Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to increase food security and generate sustainable incomes for 12,500 people by 2022. Established in 2015, Bancalimentos provides essential household goods such as food, medicine and agricultural inputs in exchange for household organic waste and recyclables. 

Water-Smart Farming: How Innovative Technologies Are Improving the Lives of Smallholder Farmers Across Asia, Latin America and Africa

A simple, self-assembled water pump brings a low-cost and environmentally friendly irrigation solution to farmers, increasing food security and livelihoods.
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Delft, The Netherlands, November 15, 2018 /3BL Media/ – aQysta, a “clean-tech” start-up, injects its entrepreneurial energy into the Business Call to Action (BCtA) platform with a pledge to bring its affordable, clean-energy water pump to 10,000 smallholder farmers globally to save 300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, while improving crop yields and incomes, by 2021.

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Inclusive Business: Opportunities for Growth and Impact

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In 2017, the World Economic Forum reported that the global gender gap had widened for the first time.[1] This regression stands to hit women and girls at the Base of the Economic Pyramid (BoP) hardest, as many lack independent sources of income or decision making power for themselves and their families.

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.  

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