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Why Alternative Lending Struggles to Scale in Emerging Markets – And What Fintech Companies Can Do About It

Fintech models have proliferated in most developing countries, but alternative lending has struggled to gain scale. That\'s why FIBR, a project by consulting firm BFA in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, is bringing together fintechs and banks to use networks of small businesses – shops, clinics and even local schools – to deliver digital financial services to low-income customers.

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A Toolkit to Identify Sustainable, Market-Based Energy Solutions in Off-Grid Areas

Energy access is essential for providing nutrition, clean water and sanitation and can significantly contribute to increased productivity and economic development – and, by extension, poverty alleviation. However, roughly 1.3 billion people worldwide lack access to the affordable modern energy products and services needed for reliable heating, cooking, mechanical power, transportation, lighting and telecommunications.

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The Great Equalizer: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Heart Health Care More Accessible

In working to improve heart health care diagnosis, Cardiotrack came across an unsettling statistic – almost 43 percent of a test group that had recently gone through cardiac tests showed an abnormality in their ECG scans.

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I’m a Victim of DFS: Digitizing My Dollars is Fine, the Problem is Digitizing Me

I recently had to walk away from the money I had in a bank account. It’s still there, but it’s unreachable. My money wasn’t sitting with an old-fashioned kind of bank, it was with Simple, a new-age, purely digital financial service provider.

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A Platform for Sharing Ideas that Improve the Lives of the Poor

NextBillion chronicles new trends in market solutions to poverty that benefit the world’s 4 billion low-income producers and consumers – often known as the base of the pyramid. The site features in-depth analysis and opinion from thought leaders and researchers – as well as on-the-ground insights from social entrepreneurs. NextBillion also offers an editor-curated newsfeed, a calendar of important events, and a career center with continuously updated job opportunities across the “development through enterprise” market sector.

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Genesis of a Green Brand in the Mayan Rainforest (Spanish)
Un consultor para el consorcio maya de agricultores de chicle disponía de tan solo tres meses para preparar el lanzamiento de la primera goma de mascar orgánica biodegradable en BIOFach,…
Publication Date: 09/11/2017 Product ID: 6-741-962
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Chenetha Colour Weaves’ Karghaa Brand: Social Impact with Commercial Success
Honorable mention in the 2015 Next Billion competition. Chenetha Colour Weaves (CCW) is a 100% weaver-owned social enterprise. The company has its is retail store, Karghaa in the high-end neighborhood…
Publication Date: 04/03/2015 Product ID: 1-429-428
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Maya Mountain Cacao: Optimizing Operations for Buyers and the Indigenous
Honorable mention in the 2015 Next Billion competition. Maya Mountain Cacao and its holding company, Uncommon Cocoa, are growing rapidly. The companies are transitioning from an early stage to a…
Publication Date: 04/03/2015 Product ID: 1-429-427
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Runa: Creating Value in the Amazon
Third-place winner of the 2015 Next Billion competition. The hybrid organization Runa has built the world’s first guayusa tea supply chain in Ecuador. The CEOs of the company have proposed…
Publication Date: 04/03/2015 Product ID: 1-429-426
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Grameen Intel Social Business: Technology Solutions at the Base of the Pyramid
Second-place winner of the 2015 NextBillion competition. Grameen Intel, a Bangladeshi-based joint venture between the Grameen Trust and Intel Corporation, is a social business that develops and delivers new technology…
Publication Date: 04/03/2015 Product ID: 1-429-425
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MPESO: Democratizing Finance in Nicaragua
First-place winner of the 2015 Next Billion competition. Haroldo Montealegre, CEO of MPESO, a mobile money social enterprise based in Managua, Nicaragua, founded his company as a means of extending…
Publication Date: 04/03/2015 Product ID: 1-429-424
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The Jaipur Foot: Challenges in Leading a Free Service Organization
Honorable Mention – 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. D. R. Mehta has run the BMVSS, which gives the Jaipur Foot (an artificial prosthetic, free of cost to disabled people) for…
Publication Date: 04/01/2014 Product ID: 1-429-388
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Healthy City: Fostering Entrepreneurship at the Base of the Pyramid. A Peruvian Experience.
Honorable Mention – 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. The Peruvian NGO Healthy City combats the country’s solid waste problem through three programs: developing comprehensive sanitation projects alongside municipalities, empowering and…
Publication Date: 04/01/2014 Product ID: 1-429-387
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Genesis of a Green Brand in the Mayan Rainforest
3rd Place Winner – 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. A consultant to the Mayan gum growers consortium has only three months to prepare the launch of the first organic biodegradable…
Publication Date: 04/01/2014 Product ID: 1-429-386
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Narayana Nethralaya: Expanding Affordable Eye Care
2nd Place Winner – 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. The Karnataka Internet-assisted Diagnosis of Retinopathy of Prematurity (KIDROP) initiative at Narayana Nethralaya seeks to prevent blindness among prematurely born/underweight babies.…
Publication Date: 04/01/2014 Product ID: 1-429-385
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