Category Archives: Social Enterprise

Doing Good by Doing Business

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Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her fifth guest blog.

Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar and saxophone, surfing, Frisbee, and being outdoors.

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Among the many important decisions a social entrepreneur must grapple with when establishing a new business is whether to incorporate as a for-profit or a non-profit; a seemingly...

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Debunking the Silver Bullet Solution

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Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her fourth guest blog.

Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar and saxophone, surfing, Frisbee, and being outdoors.

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Human ingenuity is a puzzling thing. We have the capacity to create vaccines for many of the major diseases that plague the developing world, but we often fail...

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Challenges and Joys of a Start-Up

Challenges and Joys of a Start-Up

Suniti is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns.  This is her final guest blog.

Suniti is an Economics concentrator at Harvard University. She has spent her summers working in a micro-finance organization in Northern India and researching the impact of Maoist Civil War on social and economic well-being of Nepali women. Her experiences have strengthened her passion for economic empowerment through enterprise development. Suniti is also working as the Director of Outreach and Partnership (Nepal)...

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Investing in Individuals

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Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns. This is her second guest blog.

Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar and saxophone, surfing, Frisbee, and being outdoors.
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I’ve been trying to make the most of my time as an intern here in Colorado, hitting up all of the sites from Denver (which seems...

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No Longer Black and White

Microfinance - No Longer Black and White

Suniti is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns.  This is her third guest blog.

Suniti is an Economics concentrator at Harvard University. She has spent her summers working in a micro-finance organization in Northern India and researching the impact of Maoist Civil War on social and economic well-being of Nepali women. Her experiences have strengthened her passion for economic empowerment through enterprise development. Suniti is also...

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Re-Branding Capitalism

Re-Branding Capitalism

Emily Cunningham is one of OneSeed’s amazing summer interns.  This is her first guest blog.

Emily is a sophomore studying economics at Harvard University. She is interested in microfinance and social enterprise, and is currently in the process of starting a fair trade jewelry network in Gujarat, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar and saxophone, surfing, Frisbee, and being outdoors.

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Summer means reading for pleasure, an all too elusive experience during the past semester. A few friends and...

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Women’s Empowerment – Why?

Women's Empowerment - Why?

Suniti Thapa is OneSeed’s amazing summer intern.  This is her first guest blog.

Suniti is an Economics concentrator at Harvard University. She has spent her summers working in a micro-finance organization in Northern India and researching the impact of Maoist Civil War on social and economic well-being of Nepali women. Her experiences have strengthened her passion for economic empowerment through enterprise development. Suniti is also working as the Director of Outreach and Partnership (Nepal) with...

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Why OneSeed?

It’s easy to feel like microfinance has lost a bit of its shine.

From the recent travails of Muhummad Yunnus and the Grameen Bank to the “no pay” movements in northern India and Latin America, it hasn’t been a great year for the idea that microfinance can overcome poverty.

And that’s exactly the point.

Microfinance doesn’t break the grip of poverty–people do.  People like Ms. Rita, a Kiva borrower I met and interviewed during my time as a Kiva Fellow in...

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Cutting Out the (Middle) Man

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re blogged from: fellowsblog.kiva.org (07.07.10)

 

Much has been written about the value of investing in women.  The Girl Effect theory says that women are simply better investments when compared to their male counterparts.

With access to capital, women are empowered.  They buy the things their families need.  They educate their sons and daughters.  The investment of initial capital is magnified and extended, right?

But what does the Girl Effect look like on the ground?

What else happens when you invest in women?

Meet Laxmi*.  Laxmi makes intricate metal statuettes representing Buddhist and...

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