Posts tagged ‘social responsibility’

Kiva’s Asia-Pacific Conference – Social Performance, Poverty Assessment & the Frog Dance

By Joanne Gan (Indonesia), Kaajal Laungani (Philippines) & John Rauschkolb III (Philippines) – KF12

Measuring social performance has become an increasingly important topic in the microfinance sector. With the recent high profile IPO of India’s SKS Microfinance and more commercial banks entering the sector, concerns have resurged as to how organizations can or will balance financial goals with social goals. Headlines on high interest rates and over-indebtedness question how and if microfinance institutions (MFIs) are looking out for the best interest of their clients. As with most Kiva lenders, we believe in microfinance as a poverty alleviation tool. A tool to help the communities it serves by lending money to entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, and improve their incomes. We hope our money is going to MFIs who are looking out for the borrowers, not profiting off their backs. But how can we be sure? How do we know an MFI is achieving its social goals? And as an MFI, how can you monitor your social performance?

Continue Reading 13 October 2010 at 12:40 2 comments

Planting Trees with Schoolchildren – Social Responsibility in Microfinance

By John Murphy, KF12, Costa Rica

*Update: additional video just added – interview with the ECC’s vice president Vicky.

Social responsibility means taking care of the “triple bottom line” – people, planet, profit. Check in for pictures and a video about one Communal Credit Company’s social responsibility efforts.

Continue Reading 18 August 2010 at 06:30 4 comments

Who is ADIM anyway?

  • ADIM is The Alternative Association for the Integral Development of Women,
  • ADIM is one field partner in Nicaragua who works with Kiva – choosing borrowers, taking their pictures, collecting repayments… all the stuff going on behind the scenes,
  • ADIM is an awesome microfinance institution, and I’m not the only one who thinks so…

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27 March 2010 at 13:38 3 comments

Breastfeeding and Social Responsibility in Microfinance

What if Kiva were to encourage its microfinance partners to include breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in their social performance and responsibility assessments?

Continue Reading 4 August 2009 at 12:48 5 comments


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