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Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

Wakami: un modelo de producción responsable

By Jessica Olivan Tellez

En el 2013, el FOMIN se asoció con la ONG guatemalteca Comunidades de la Tierra para mejorar las vidas de mujeres, sus familias y sus comunidades. Esta es la historia que escribí anteriormente acerca de cómo inició el sueño Wakami.  Recientemente, Wakami fue reconocido con el premio a la Innovación para la Sostenibilidad Stephan Schmidheiny, en la categoría de Producción Responsable, este premio reconoce a los emprendedores sociales y la forma en que pueden mostrar nuevos y más efectivos modelos de creación de valor. A la fecha, el impacto económico y social que genera este proyecto es muy importante, por lo que compartimos los avances más relevantes para crear prosperidad para mujeres en la Guatemala rural.

Bubbling up: Boosting the Haitian sorghum value chain through local sourcing

By Nara Meli

Photo by  Papyrus Haiti

If you were to ask any Haitian whether they’d heard of Malta H, you’d probably get a laugh and a friendly eye roll as answer. This is because Malta H is a hugely popular non-alcoholic carbonated malt drink most Haitians have probably quenched their thirst with since childhood. You can see the national enthusiasm for the drink in this TV ad. It even has a Twitter handle. Malta H is one of the bevy of drinks produced by Heineken-owned BRANA – the Brasserie nationale d’Haïti. 

What good is capital without customers? Financial inclusion is necessary for healthy societies

By Tomas Miller

Trends is on vacation this week. This post ran previously on our blog. 

The financial inclusion strategies that several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are adopting and incorporating into their national development policies aim at increasing access to and use of financial services for segments of the population that have been excluded or underserved by financial systems. These policies assume that achieving a higher level of financial inclusion is a necessary condition for increasing the social inclusion of these excluded people. What good is having a solvent and liquid financial system if it serves only businesses and powerful families? What good is capital without customers? 

Social impact bonds are coming to the tropics

By David Bloomgarden

The challenges of providing education and formal employment, encouraging the empowerment of women, and stemming the rise in chronic diseases continue to be serious concerns throughout the developing countries and emerging markets of the world. Institutional roadblocks,  mistrust between governments and investors, inconsistent and low-quality delivery of services, and a simple lack of funds have at times made it impossible to find solutions to these issues.

Bringing more remittance clients into the financial fold

By Fernando Jiménez-Ontiveros

Two pioneering remittances projects from Mexico were honored last month at the Global Forum on Remittances and Development in Milan, Italy. The Mexican Association of Credit Unions in the Social Sector (AMUCSS) and the Center for Monetary Studies of Latin America (CEMLA) received recognition for their work to expand the access of rural Mexicans to remittance payments, and to provide technical assistance to governments to increase the safety and efficiency of remittance markets, respectively.