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Test in Nicaragua Shifts Lending for Women-Led Businesses From Collateral to Cashflow

Over the next two years, the first 30 to 40 companies will receive five-year loans of $25,000 to $30,000 at an annual interest rate of 18 percent, including both program fees and interest. Typical loan recipients are women-led or women-owned small- to medium-sized enterprises with annual sales of $100,000 to $250,000. The goal of the

Suzanne Biegel: How Investing with a Gender Lens Can Create a Powerful Women Effect (podcast)

I caught up recently with Suzanne for ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast series. She explained there’s not a single gender lens, but rather multiple lenses. (Indeed, you can read more about them in ImpactAlpha’s Gender Lenses section.) Listen to ImpactAlpha’s interview with Suzanne Biegel in our Returns on Investment podcast. The first lens is women’s

The Power of the Purse: The Five P’s for Shifting Finance to Help Women and Girls

Purchasing power. Portfolio power. Philanthropic power. Political power. and ‘preneur power. Geri Stengel, president of Ventureneer, a digital media and market research company, has a good piece on Forbes.com rounding up the many ways consumers, investors, philanthropists, citizens and, yes, entrepreneurs can both harness and help the growing power of women and girls. Finance can impact issues as

Training Myself to Look at My Portfolio Through a Gender Lens

I’ve been working on investing with a women and girls focus for a long time. And my husband has been working on his running for a long time. He’s an ultra-marathoner – a good one. He’s both a natural, and he works at it. What do these things have to do with each other? It’s about practising,

At the Intersection of Gender and Climate Change: Investment Opportunities

Women’s rights and empowerment are receiving renewed global policy attention: The United Nations’ 20th anniversary of the World Conference of Women and the “Sustainable Development Goals” have enshrined the global goal of gender equality. Another global trend is also capturing the spotlight: More than 2,000 individuals and 400 organizations, representing more than $2.6 trillion in assets

Village Capital: Closing the Entrepreneurial Gender Gap

To truly change the world, entrepreneurship has to include everyone. Technology pioneer Freada Kapor Klein recently told me: “We can’t close gaps to access and opportunity without having our entrepreneurs come from the communities we are trying to serve. Lived experience is essential in creating successful businesses.” Unfortunately, today, we’re leaving nearly half the entrepreneurs

Women and Girls Lead Sustainable Development for All

A remarkable consensus has emerged: Women’s leadership and inclusion is essential for meeting not only UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 — gender equality — but the 16 other global goals as well. The women’s agenda is becoming the global agenda. Women and girls were center stage at last week’s Clinton Global Initiative and this week’s Social Capital