microfinance http://kplu.org en Mysterious microfinance firm re-emerges http://kplu.org/post/mysterious-microfinance-firm-re-emerges <p>A year ago the Seattle microfinance firm Unitus closed its doors, laid off most of its staff and didn&rsquo;t really tell anybody (including some major donors) why it did so.</p><p>Unitus, which had claimed its primary mission was to help poor people, also happened to have made a lot of money &mdash; having invested in an Indian company, SKS Microfinance, which had pursued this anti-poverty financing scheme as a for-profit venture.</p><p>Now, Unitus has been resurrected as Unitus Labs.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/07/mysterious-microfinanciers-at-unitus-reorganize-via-clay-holtzman/">Read more</a></strong>.</p><p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 17:53:46 +0000 Tom Paulson 2025 at http://kplu.org Mysterious microfinance firm re-emerges Five reasons why microfinance is in crisis – and why it matters http://kplu.org/post/five-reasons-why-microfinance-crisis-%E2%80%93-and-why-it-matters <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955093.mp3</p><p>The popular anti-poverty scheme of providing small loans and other financial services to poor people, generally known as&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microfinance" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">microfinance</a>, is in crisis.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">&ldquo;In one sense, you could say it&rsquo;s a coming of age,&rdquo; says Alex Counts, CEO at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grameenfoundation.org/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Grameen Foundation</a>, a leading non-profit microfinance organization with offices in Seattle and Washington D.C.. &ldquo;Controversy often comes along with growing in size and impact.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">You could also say microfinance is actually suffering from several different crises: An external appearance of a crisis based on a damaged public image; a related, but slightly different, internal &ldquo;identity crisis&rdquo; and, at least according to one leading observer, a cash crisis in reverse &mdash; too much money.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><em style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; font-style: italic; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Here are five reasons for the crisis:</strong></em></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/02/five-reasons-why-microfinance-is-in-crisis-and-why-it-matters/">Read More</a></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:28:59 +0000 Tom Paulson 893 at http://kplu.org Five reasons why microfinance is in crisis – and why it matters $500 million to help world's poor save money http://kplu.org/post/500-million-help-worlds-poor-save-money <P>&nbsp;It's described as the largest philanthropic gift&nbsp;ever made aimed at helping the poor &nbsp;save money and provide access to financial services. The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation's $500 million pledge was announced at a Seattle gathering attended by finance and banking&nbsp;leaders&nbsp;representing&nbsp;38 nations. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 20:22:04 +0000 Gary Davis 155 at http://kplu.org