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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Social entrepreneur Rupert Scofield says people in the world’s poorest nations can relate to what’s driving Occupy Wall Street demonstrators to the streets of the United States.  ”Their basic message is: ‘This system doesn’t work for us anymore. It’s not creating jobs. The distribution of wealth is completely out [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – In 2005, Jessica Jackley and cofounder Matt Flannery had started San Francisco-based Kiva.  The organization was born because during a three-month work assignment in East Africa, Jackley had met Ugandan entrepreneurs and wanted to share their inspirational stories with friends and family. Flannery and Jackley launched Kiva, the world’s [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Microfinance has gained widespread acceptance since the 1970s as a way to create economic opportunity for the world’s poor. Now the technique is being used to assist the most destitute and shunned members of society — people with leprosy. In India, microlending has been a powerful tool in helping [...]

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