This Week in Microfinance

September 2, 2010 | 3:29 PM

In this weeks installment of This Week in Microfinance we highlight three articles on international microfinance, including an exciting update from Grameen Foundation.

First some exciting international news:

A very interesting piece from today’s issue of The Economist magazine called “Energy in the developing world: Power to the people”. It focuses on the emergence of affordable energy systems as small businesses in the developing world and some of the obstacles that may prevent them from emerging as widespread alternatives to expensive kerosene.

You can check out the article by clicking here.

Another innovative idea coming out of Thailand, courtesy of the Bangkok Post, is the possibility of post offices becoming microfinance centers. It’s always good to see a government take the initiative to support microfinance alternatives to rogue lenders, which is a very serious problem in Thailand.

You can check out “Thailand Post may provide microfinance centers” by clicking here.

Now some exciting news from Grameen Foundation:

We were thrilled hear that Grameen Foundation has received $200,000 in funding from the Members Project by American Express and Take Part. It’s wonderful to hear that Grameen’s International operations will be able to expand because of this. We send our congratulations to them.

You can check out the news from Grameen Foundation by clicking here.


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