Category: Social impact

Affordable Housing for All – In Our Lifetime

Authored by: Valeria Budinich(Above: New home construction underway, resulting from Ashoka Housing For All India coalescing community and builders. Image credit: Ashoka.)

Editor’s Note: The following post is part of NextBillion’s series in partn…

Housing Series: The Critical Shift Toward Asset Building

Authored by: Irena Shiba and Patrick Kelley(Above: Edwardo Pereira works outside his family’s home. In an area of Chile known as Los Andes. Edwardo works at the copper mine and is already working on an addition to the Habitat house, which will mea…

Investing in microfinance

As we have come to learn, microfinance is the provision of small loans to the working or self-employed poor through microfinance institutions (MFIs).  Microfinance has spread to involve small savings accounts and other products such as life insurance and even…

High impact companies identified

Kopo Kopo provides back-office services that allow retailers in Kenya to accept payment for purchases by customers using their cellphones.  Biosense Technologies is a medical diagnostic company in India that has developed a non-invasive device, currently in clinical trials, that…

Issues for social entrepreneurs

As a social entrepreneur with a focus on Africa, numerous barriers need to be overcome to reach the customer and the end user.  The same issues hurt the well-known, more established companies as much as the companies which are raising…