1. Underwriting to Scale


    from Opportunity Finance Network / Added

    A robust risk management approach is essential for organizations that want to sustain growth. So what does that look like and what are some of the potential pitfalls? This webinar will offer insights for organizations that want to build an underwriting approach on a firm risk management foundation that takes into account issues of scale, efficiency, technology and team. The presenters will offer key learnings about how to balance growth and risk within your micro enterprise lending program.

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    • She Must Learn A Trade Or She Will Become The Trade


      from Operation Blessing UK / Added

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      See how learning a trade helps young women keep from a life on the streets where they become the commodity that is traded.

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      • Agriculture Project Restores Crops After Volcano Eruption


        from Operation Blessing International / Added

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        For Guatemalan villagers at the base of Volcán de Fuego, a new agriculture project is restoring crops and livelihoods that were lost after the volcano erupted in 2012. The raised growing beds are filled with fertile soil and are covered to protect them from the volcanic ash that made their soil sterile.

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        • History Maker Homes - Building for More


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          • Guatemala Agriculture Project: Cultivating My Future


            from Operation Blessing International / Added

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            An in-depth look at Operation Blessing's agriculture center in Antigua, Guatemala that teaches villagers practical ways to set up and run an sustainable organic garden.

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            • Creating Jobs and Building Assets Through Microbusiness Webinar, 2014-03-26


              from Asset Funders Network / Added

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              Joyce Klein, Director of the Aspen Institute Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD) and Aimee Durfee, Senior Program Officer of the Y & H Soda Foundation shared how microenterprise programs are currently creating much needed jobs, helping individuals and families realize the promise of financial security and mobility, and outlined guidance for funders looking for ways to leverage microenterprise as an asset-building strategy. Moderated by Annika Little, Strategic Programs Manager, Asset Funders Network.

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              • NEF in Morocco: Agricultural Water Management


                from Near East Foundation / Added

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                Water scarcity and climate change present a serious constraint to development of agriculture in the Oriental region of Morocco as well as the realization of the nation’s export aspirations. Harnessing the region’s agricultural potential rests on sound water management at all levels, from large-scale industrial operations to rural smallholders. Over the course of 2 years, NEF's Agricultural Water Management project successfully mobilized 9,000 people in 22 communities throughout Morocco’s Oriental Region – including farmers, youth, women, and Water User Association members. To help them more effectively manage their water resources, the initiative provided trainings and supported the implementation of 21 microprojects. The results include as much as a 25% increase in the incomes of participants and a doubled increase in water flow, much more than just a drop in the bucket.

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                • NEF Partners: Bigen, Armenia


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                  Bigen Hovhannesyan saw a need in his community. He lives in Bagratshen, Armenia. He saw an information technology center, but saw it was badly run and not well kept. So he opened his own to give the people of Bagratshen more access to computer services and the Internet. With microfinancing from the Near East Foundation and Business Paretta, along with business training from the Gegharkunik Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Gavar, his IT Center has new computers, high speed Internet access and is expanding its operation to include computer sales and services.

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                  • NEF Partners: Chief Diarra, Mali


                    from Near East Foundation / Added

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                    The addition of a solar-powered electric pump to a well in this remote village of Sounteye, Mali, has drastically improved the quality of life for the people of this village. They have access to fresh water even when the well is dry or the water is difficult to access. They discovered NEF could help them and cooperated in its construction.

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                    • NEF Partners: Hama Alaye & Moctar, Mali


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                      Hama and Moctar are rice farmers in Sobbo, a village in Northern Mali. They decided they could augment their food and income by adding a fish farm to the land on which they normally grow rice. They consulted the Near East Foundation for their expertise and with the help of NEF, Nayral Microcredit Bank, Amd their own hard work, they've developed a sustainable fish farm, improved their rice yields, and developed the local infrastructure.

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