Topics Under Tag: "microfinance"

Grameen America Launches New Impact Investing Fund

Anne Field | February 6, 2018

Microlender Grameen America is upping its game in impact investing. The U.S.-based microfinance organization marked its ten-year anniversary last month by announcing a new $11 million impact investing fund, the first in what it said will be a series of new funds. Called the Social Business Fund, it’s aimed at providing additional money to women entrepreneurs […]

On Puddle, Social Networks and Trust Can Unlock Loans

Anne Field | June 24, 2015

When Rose Ann Haft wanted to create an online diabetes prevention program a year ago, she didn’t need much. Still, without access to a line of credit or a bank loan, she struggled to come up with even the modest amount of cash it required. Then she heard about Puddle, a social lending site that […]

From Cupcake Wars to Borrowing Battles: Two Entrepreneurs Learn a Lesson About Online Lending

Amy Cortese | May 26, 2015

Three years ago, Catarah Coleman and Shoneji Robison—the “Dessert Divas” behind Southern Girl Desserts—were riding high. After several years of running the operation out of their homes and shared commercial kitchen and retail space, they were invited to open their own 1500-square foot shop in a Los Angeles mall, where they could sell their southern-inspired […]