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Nasser Abufarha

Anthropology meets business

14 April 2014
Nasser Abufarha is a successful social impact entrepreneur who has put Palestine on the map as a viable trade partner and producer of premium artisan goods. With an educational background in computer science, cultural anthropology, and international development, his reciprocity approach to business has helped Canaan Fair Trade become a multi-million dollar business. read more
Health@Home in Nepal has a network of 60 nurses

The sound business of Health@Home

11 April 2014
Home care did not exist in Nepal until Bishal Dhakal founded Health@Home in 2009. The 37-year-old doctor is determined to roll out his successful home care service across the entire country and dreams of expanding to other countries in Asia as well as to Africa. read more
CSAF serves the world’s 450 million small-scale farmers

Impact-first agricultural lenders join forces

11 April 2014
Seven international social lending institutions have announced the launch of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), an industry council focussed on creating a thriving, sustainable and transparent financial market to serve the financing needs of small and growing agricultural businesses in low- and middle-income countries worldwide. The alliance of social lending institutions, also referred to as impact-first agricultural lenders, was formally launched at the 11th Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, and will convene regularly to exchange learning, identify best practices and develop industry standards. read more
A farmer watering his field of sugar cane in Malawi (iStock)

Smallholder Impact and Risk Metrics: A Labyrinth of Opportunity

9 April 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - One reason only 3% of demand for smallholder agricultural finance has been met is because investors lack sufficient data about the benefits and risks of directing their funds to smallholder agricultural finance. A number of innovative and promising new impact and risk measurement tools have emerged, but it is challenging to understand their varying functions and how they fit together. read more