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Blog / September 19, 2014

The FAIV: Week of September 15, 2014

1. Credit:  In 2013, 4 million workers, or about 3% of all employees, had wages garnished for a consumer debt in 2013 - sometimes at rates of up to 25% per paycheck. ProPublica 2. Poverty in...

Blog / September 18, 2014

Studying Cash Flow Patterns to Design Better Loans in Myanmar

“If you build it, he will come.” Unfortunately, this line that worked so well in Field of Dreams is less effective in the world of social enterprise.  Simply producing and having the...

Blog / September 12, 2014

The FAIV: Week of September 8, 2014

1. Payments:  Will Apple's new payments software usher in the digital wallet revolution? The New York Times   2. Microcredit:  The opening session of the 2014 Microcredit Summit...

Blog / September 11, 2014

"Every Dollar In, Every Dollar Out"

Think back on the past year in your financial life: the money you received from work, loans or gifts, the purchases large and small, the bank deposits and withdrawals. Now imagine keeping track of...

Blog / September 11, 2014

A Tale of Two Studies: Measuring Women’s Empowerment Then and Now

In what seems to me an unfortunate conflation, the literature on women’s empowerment frequently relies on the same characterization as pornography: “you have trouble defining it but you...