Folks, it’s that time of the week again! Below are some related stories you may have missed, but are very significant to read. Enjoy:
Women & Microfinance
- Jonathan Lewis, founder & CEO of Opportunity Collaboration, writes about the importance of empowering women through microfinance for the Huffington Post, highlighting organization Finca Peru.
- Via the Asia Foundation, a group of women entrepreneurs in Sylhet, in northeastern Bangladesh, have joined together to advocate for better access to loans for women. According to the organization, “Through their efforts, more women are now finding the means to grow their own business and boost employment in their region.” See here for the video.
- The Harvard Business Review (aka, HBR) featured a podcast with No Reservations’ Anthony Bourdain, in which he talked about why leaders should eat with locals – really interesting, check it out.
- Also on the topic of leadership, HBR published another great read entitled, “Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance.”
B-Corp & Companies with a Conscience
- Certified B Corporations, or benefit corporations, are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The NY Times featured two pieces on B-Corp this week. In “Ethical Business with a Better Bottom Line,” Tina Rosenberg wrote, “To become a B Corp, a company must also get a passing score on an assessment of its business practices administered by a nonprofit group called B Lab. About 400 companies have become B Corps, and the idea is spreading fast.” Rosenberg wrote in a previous article, “B Corp is a club for the ones who are serious. But it costs money to join…and can lead businesses into making expensive changes.”
- The Atlantic published an article about Gulzar Wazir, a retired general and founder of Peshawar’s only community mental-health clinic, noting, “Currently supported by the government of Norway, the clinic has ministered to the mentally ill in the poverty-stricken Tehkal Payan area since 2004. Known to donors as “Friends of the Mind” and to locals as “the crazy-people hospital,” it sees about a dozen of its 5,000 outpatients on any given day.” Read more here.
- An investigation by 60 Minutes sheds doubt on Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, reporting that some of his most inspiring stories are fabricated. 60 Minutes also calls into question the financial management of Mortenson’s NGO, the Central Asia Institute, (CAI), contending that it has spent “more money in the the U.S. talking about education in Pakistan and Afghanistan than actually building and supporting schools there.” See the LA Times piece here.
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