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Improved Stoves in India: A Study of Sustainable Business Models

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 12, 2012
Improved Stoves in India: A Study of Sustainable Business Models

A recent study of 12 organizations selling improved cookstoves in India identified the challenges of selling these products to the poor. The authors found the two companies with the most success focused on developing a sophisticated sales channel, had considerable person-years of management experience in marketing and operations, and had sufficient seed financing. However, none of the companies selling products directly to households (compared to those targeting commercial customers) had demonstrated financial sustainability. They find that cookstove companies in India face tradeoffs between commercial success and the ability to provide health benefits to poor customers. Improved cookstoves are often being sold to higher income customers in rural areas, rather than the poorest of the poor, which is consistent with previous research.

Tags:  business models  India  sector publication  sustainability 

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Financing social entrepreneurs

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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Catalyzing growth in the women run small and medium enterprises sector (SMEs)

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, April 13, 2012

Growth WomenCatalysing Growth in Women Run Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

An independent evaluation of the impact of the 10,000 Women program in India by The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

Tags:  ICRW  sector publication  SGB  SME  Women 

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Harvard Business Review Blog - Global Entrepreneurs Need New Funding Models

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, April 5, 2012
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Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets: how banks can grasp a $350 billion opportunity

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets: how banks can grasp a $350 billion opportunity

This paper argues that the time is right for banks to step up their effortsto serve micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) inemerging markets. There are three reasons for our optimism. First, anestimated 60 per cent of global banking revenue growth over the nextdecade will lie in emerging markets. Second, more and more banks inemerging markets are finding ways to overcome the difficulties of servingthe important MSME segment. Third, innovations in technology, riskassessment and business models are increasingly facilitating their effort.

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Tags:  Access to Finance  Banking  sector publication 

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LGT webinar, "Law and Philanthropy", presentation slides

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, March 7, 2012

LGT Venture Philanthropy Webinar:
"Law and the American Philanthropist: What Foreign Nonprofits Need to Know About Attracting Funding From U.S.-Based Donors"

The topics covered:

- Legal restrictions and requirements of American donors funding overseas projects
- Legal restrictions for recipients of American funding
- Inside the mind of the American philanthropist: motivations and concerns
- Strategies for attracting U.S.-based donors
- Providing tax deductions to U.S. donors

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Tags:  Law  Philanthropy  sector publication 

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Bridging the Gap: The Business Case for Financial Capability

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bridging the Gap: The Business Case for Financial Capability
Executive Summary

Commissioned and funded by the Citi Foundation

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Tags:  finance  financial capability  sector publication 

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Randall Kempner in the HBR blog - Learning from Microfinance's Woes

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Monday, March 5, 2012

 

Randall Kempner writes about lessons from microfinance in the Harvard Business Review blog.

Tags:  ANDE publication  Microfinance  Randall Kempner 

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Current Situation of Human Capital and Organization Development In the Impact Investment Industry: Preliminary Insights

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, March 1, 2012

Current Situation of Human Capital and Organization Development In the Impact Investment Industry: Preliminary Insights

KC Soares, PhD

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Tags:  Human Capital  Impact Investing  sector publication 

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Investing for Impact: How social entrepreneurship is redefining the meaning of return

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Monday, February 6, 2012

Research Institute
Thought leadership from Credit Suisse Research and the world’s foremost experts

How social entrepreneurship is redefining the meaning of return

January 2012

 

Tags:  finance  Impact Investing  sector publication  Social entrepreneurship 

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