<![CDATA[Social Business World - Join us and light the bulb!: SBW USA]]> http://socialbusinessworld.org/pg/groups/11126/sbw-usa?view=rss http://socialbusinessworld.org/pg/bookmarks/read/20081/grameen-america Thu, 09 Jun 2011 02:00:28 -0700 http://www.grameenamerica.com/ <![CDATA[Grameen America]]> 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 products regardless of income, previous credit history, education, or business experience.  We envision a world where burgeoning entrepreneurs are empowered to lift themselves out of poverty through hard work and determination to forge better lives for their families and future generations.

http://socialbusinessworld.org/pg/forum/topic/20079/microfinance-can-it-become-a-profit-making-business/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 01:51:04 -0700 http://socialbusinessworld.org/pg/forum/topic/20079/microfinance-can-it-become-a-profit-making-business/ <![CDATA[Microfinance – Can it become a profit making business?]]> 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 attention of ‘for-profit’ lenders. The question I would like to pose here is: can a successful social business be scaled up through for-profit ventures? To get the discussion started, here’s a BBC World report titled ‘Microfinance for profit’. It appeared on BBC World’ Business Daily program on Wednesday June 8, 2011.

 Enjoy the listening and looking forward to your reactions!

http://socialbusinessworld.org/pg/file/read/20077/microfinance-for-profit-08-jun-2011 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 01:48:38 -0700 http://socialbusinessworld.org/pg/file/read/20077/microfinance-for-profit-08-jun-2011 <![CDATA[Microfinance for profit 08 Jun 2011]]> 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.      

http://socialbusinessworld.org/pg/bookmarks/read/19962/sense-of-purpose-is-key Tue, 07 Jun 2011 14:24:30 -0700 http://socialbusinessworld.org/pg/videolist/watch/19961 <![CDATA[Sense of purpose is key]]> 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 social business. And possibly a better world!

http://socialbusinessworld.org/pg/videolist/watch/19961 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 14:18:43 -0700 http://socialbusinessworld.org/pg/videolist/watch/19961 <![CDATA[RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us]]> ]]> Gianni http://socialbusinessworld.org/pg/blog/read/19408/social-business-case-study Fri, 03 Jun 2011 03:17:20 -0700 http://socialbusinessworld.org/pg/blog/read/19408/social-business-case-study <![CDATA[Social Business case study]]> Social Business is a hot topic these days in the enterprise market. We are seeing innovative new products coming out regularly and we are also seeing some consolidation in this space, indicating strong currents in the Social Business marketplace. In this report we discuss how an enterprise is using Salesforce Chatter inside their organization. Even though the focus of the study is on Salesforce Chatter, there are many generic Social Business lessons we can learn from this research...


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