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                  A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. (Winston Churchill)
                  • Gianni
                    Gianni bookmarked Grameen America in the group SBW USA
                    Grameen America provides affordable micro-loans to financially empower low-income entrepreneurs.  Our vision is to help create a world free of poverty.  We predict a market where any individual with a dream can receive affordable financial...
                    • Gianni
                      Gianni added a new discussion topic Microfinance – Can it become a profit making business? in the group SBW USA
                      Most of you know Grameen’s story and how it pioneered the idea of microfinance starting from the poorest areas of Bangladesh and extending to other parts of the world, including the US.  Given its success, microfinance has attracted over time the...
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                      • DPGray
                        By DPGray

                        I think the answer is yes. There are many community and faith based credit unions who are doing this now. The Microfinance community does not have this long track record as does US credit unions. The Occupy movement asked us to move money from main stream banks to local credit unions. The next step would be to make these credit unions comply more in line with 7 principles of a social business. See article about success of credit unions @ http://tinyurl.com/7zk52b7.

                      • Michele (@michele)
                        By Michele (@michele)

                        Thanks Gianni for this thread and DPGray for the interesting link.

                        I'm sure we'll experience lots of new ventures and cooperation between regular and social businesses worldwide and here at SBW we'll help!


                      • Jeff Mowatt
                        By Jeff Mowatt

                        I'm with Yunius on the issue of profit. Our position is creating profit for a social purpose not profiting from it.

                        Before I set up our UK organisation, my colleague and founder had sourced a microfinance bank in Russia which was based on the loan circle approach pioneered by Grameen. It became known as the Tomsk Microfinance Bank and FINCA were to manage the bank. It was this model that subsequently became the standard at the Russian Microfinance Center.   

                        Moving on to Crimea, with a proposal to deploy social enterprise against the risk of terrorism in a peaceful Muslim community, he describes the concept of a Community Funding Enterprise which will collaborate with a microfinance bank and create mutual benefit for both.

                        Creating Shared Value in Ukraine


                      • Gianni
                        Gianni uploaded the file Microfinance for profit 08 Jun 2011 in the group SBW USA
                        From Business Daily (with Leslie Cohen), a program of BBC World Service: Is it right to make money out of microfinance? The program ask Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Vikram Akula of SKS.      
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                                    • Michele (@michele)
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                                      • Michele (@michele)
                                        Michele (@michele) replied on the discussion topic Come diffondere il social business in Italia?

                                        Ciao Francesco!

                                        Sono d'accordo con te per il discorso sul microcredito anche se, parlando con degli amici in Val d'Aosta per esempio, addirittura gli enti locali si sono attivati e con successo con piccoli prestiti che finora sembrano aver aiutato diverse micro imprese personali.

                                        Diverso è il discorso per il Social Business: non è e non deve limitarsi a micro imprese bensì pensare a progetti anche strutturati. I primi esempi di Social Business ideati da Yunus "osano" (e ci fanno sognare) molto. QUesto il link ai più importanti http://www.muhammadyunus.org/Social-Business/


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                                            Michele (@michele) bookmarked Cosa motiva l'essere umano? in the group SBW Italia
                                            Questa animazione è bellissima! Comprensibile, credo, anche a chi non dovesse parlare l'inglese. Cosa motiva l'essere umano? NON è il profitto! Bellissima davvero

                                            Social Business World


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                                            • Gianni
                                              Gianni bookmarked Sense of purpose is key in the group SBW USA
                                              What motivates people to do things? Surprise surprise... it is not profit. Look at the video!!! What if we give people the option to do things that satisfy their sense of compassion and at the same time be financially sustainable, we would have a...

                                              RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us


                                              This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace....

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