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Karlygash Raikhanova

Nomad spirit in banking

18 February 2014
With around 92,000 clients and a loan portfolio of more than USD 100 million, Kazmicrofinance (KMF) is a leader amongst 1747 institutions in Kazakhstan’s microfinance industry. Since opening in 1997, KMF has grown to more than 1000 employees in 15 branches and 68 outlets. Some 70% of its clients are located in rural areas. In this article Karlygash Raikhanova, Managing Director, shares her thoughts about what makes it so successful and the challenges to a wider outreach. read more
Rangsutra uses traditional craft skills

Capital is critical for change

4 February 2014
Vineet Rai is the founder and CEO of Aavishkaar Venture Management Service, manager of India's first rural-focused venture capital firm, and a pioneer in impact investing. It provides capital to small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) in industries such as agriculture, health, education, and energy. In this article we learn why Vineet thinks SMEs and their ecosystems are critical for sustainable development. read more
On the outskirts of Mendoza lies the boutique hotel El Aguamiel, Masambiente's first client.

Bathing in former frying oil

28 January 2014
Shoira Sadykova ©M.Wijnbergh

Reality banking

10 January 2014
Formerly on the Silk Route through Central Asia, Tajikistan has a colourful history. Now, microfinance organisation Arvand is helping meet the huge demand for finance, but it also focuses on financial education. In this article Shoira Sadykova, General Director, shares Arvand’s innovative approach and the experiences that will undoubtedly contribute to the country’s newest history pages. read more