120 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143
ACCION has loaned over $1 billion to more than one million customers throughout the Americas over the past five years. Some of its member institutions have become self-sustaining, including BancoSol in Bolivia, featured in TO OUR CREDIT.
365 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2V1
Calmeadow is a non-profit organization which is working to develop innovative and efficient models of micro-lending in Canada, and to build sustainable microfinance institutions internationally by providing guidance in management, methodology and strategic planning.
The Calvert Social Investment Foundation
4550 Montgomery Ave.
Bethesda, MD 208145
The Calvert Social Investment Foundation offers opportunities for socially responsible investors to invest in a number of microcredit and microenterprise development programs, and other community development organizations.
Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP)
The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20433
CGAP's mission is to significantly expand access by the world's poorest people to quality financial services from sustainable or potentially sustainable micro-finance institutions. It supports institutional development and disseminates information about best practices in the field.
1709 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
Grameen Bank in Bangladesh lends more than $25 million each month to more than 2 million borrowers; Grameen Foundation is a non-profit organization which informs and educates Americans about microcredit and the Grameen philosophy.
440 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
The Microcredit Summit is a global campaign working to ensure that 100 million of the world's poorest families, especially women, receive credit for self-employment and other financial and business services by the year 2005.
Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
355 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017-6603
WEDO is an international advocacy network working to achieve a healthy and peaceful planet, with social, political, economic and environmental justice for all through the empowerment of women.
Women's World Banking
8 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
(Website in development)
WWB expands low-income women's economic assets, participation and power by opening access to finance, information and markets. Its worldwide network includes 41 affiliates in 34 countries, with over 200,000 active clients.
In addition to the internet sites for the organizations listed above, here are some "gateways" to hundreds of other sites on the World Wide Web.
ENTERweb is an annotated meta-index and information clearinghouse on enterprise development, entrepreneurship, business, finance, international trade and the economy. Thorough, well-organized.
The Virtual Library on Microcredit. A repository of information on alternative, non-conventional financial systems and informal credit markets. Lots of documents and case studies.
The University of Texas' "primer" on microcredit and microenterprise resources. Simple, straightforward; a good starting point.
The World Bank's Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest. This site is part of its effort, in partnership with many other donors, to address poverty through the support and promotion of micro-finance programs.
The Microenterprise Innovation Project. An educational initiative of the United States Agency for International Development.
Microfinance and Anti-Poverty Strategies; an online book by Jose Garson from the UNCDF (United Nations Capital Development Fund) which looks at the ways microcredit can be used in fighting poverty.
Bornstein, David. 1996. The Price of a Dream. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster. 351pp. (The story of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and an in-depth exploration of what makes it tick).
Counts, Alex. 1996. Give Us Credit. 1996. New York, NY: Random House. 359 pp. (The story of Muhammad Yunus' groundbreaking microlending strategy in two very different places, Bangladesh and Chicago).
Otero, Maria and Rhyne, Elisabeth, ed. 1994. The New World of Microenterprise Finance: Building Healthy Financial Institutions for the Poor. 276pp. West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press. (A comprehensive collection of essays on the essential principles and methodologies of microfinance in the developing world).
Rose, Kalima. 1992. Where Women Are Leaders: The SEWA Movement in India. 275pp. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Zed Books, Ltd. (A lively portrait of the Self-Employed Women's Association in Ahmedabad, India).
David Hulme and Paul Mosley. 1996. Finance Against Poverty, vols. 1 & 2. London: Routledge. xx pp. and xx pp. (An examination of seven microfinance programs and the strategy's overall role in economic development).
Download the following resources, prepared by the Access to Credit Media Project and its partners:
· Outreach Toolkit. A collection of ideas and materials which local organizers can use to promote To Our Credit, microcredit and microenterprise development, or their own organization's work for social change; prepared by the Access to Credit Media Project.
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· Community Investment Profiles. An information service of the Calvert Social Investment Foundation. These profiles afford a look into some of the microcredit and microenterprise programs profiled in To Our Credit which are supported by investment programs managed by the foundation.
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