Positive Social Impact with Microfinance in Brazil

Microfinance Brazil

This episode is about how microfinance is having a beneficial social impact on Brazil’s unbanked and underbanked populations.
I had a chat with Taynah Reis, a fellow Brazilian and the founder of MoedaSeeds, a fintech that provides financing to entrepreneurs in underserved areas. They support female-owned businesses in rural regions and offer investment options based on blockchain and cryptocurrency.

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How women became the top entrepreneurs in Brazil’s slums

In one of my previous posts about the Brazil slums – Favela Rising – I talked about how resourceful someone has to be in the favelas (slums). That is exactly what I meant by the entrepreneurial spirit. But, what does it take for someone to be an entrepreneur in the most deprived parts of the country? According to a study from Data Popular in partnership with CUFA (Central Unica das Favelas), found that 29% of favela residents said the main reason to become an entrepreneur was the possibility to be…

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Emerging Markets Have a Lot to Teach Us About Entrepreneurship

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are legendary American entrepreneurs. These giants’ success stories might make it seem as if the United States owns the market when it comes to the secrets of commercial success. I would argue the opposite is true: Developing nations and emerging markets have important entrepreneurship lessons to teach more affluent counties. Programs within Chile, India and Brazil, for example, have encouraged economic growth and entrepreneurship. These same efforts and principles could be applied to advance the United States even further. Government initiatives Government initiatives in emerging markets have played…

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The Female Entrepreneurs Rising from Emerging Markets

In the Silicon Valley, the conversation on increasing female entrepreneurs in technology and the number of women founders has dominated the tech airwaves. How do women outside of Silicon Valley fare? Last year, we had just 12% female-led companies pitching in our 54 local events and there are clear cultural barriers in many of the emerging markets we cover. Thanks to initiatives like Goldman Sachs 10 000 Women and reports articulating the business case for investing in women, the future is bright for an increasing number of female founders in…

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Women Entrepreneur and the e-commerce boom in SE Asia

Guest post by Becky Hostetler For the past few years, Southeast Asia has been getting a lot of attention for its expanding consumer base. Companies like McKinsey & Company have taken note of the growing economies in ASEAN countries. McKinsey in particular noted that the countries in ASEAN together make up the seventh largest economy in the world and consuming households in this area will double by 2025. The Boston Consulting Group also wrote that Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar are rapidly growing in the middle-class and affluent consumer socioeconomic category.…

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Ugandan women: rights & achievements against all odds

Guest Post by Agnes N. Bravo Leave alone the well-known Feminine characters like first Lady Janet Museveni; Buganda queen Sylvia Nnaginda Nabagereka, Minister Amelia Kyambadde, and the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga; being a woman in Uganda is a different profession altogether. A Ugandan woman plays a great role in the society. She is a 24 hours watchdog working from sunrise to sunrise. A fragile stature with immeasurable strength. She wakes up in the morning and prepares her homestead, prepares her children and her husband too, then she may proceed…

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