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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.

Ecatepec, Mexico: Here you can save for retirement

By Fermín Vivanco

Low-income, self-employed workers in Latin America and the Caribbean have been out of the spotlight of pension funds and the institutions that promote retirement savings. But now there are new initiatives that aim to change this. A story to analyze at Foromic in Santiago, Chile.

Coming Soon: Foromic in Santiago, Chile

By Elizabeth Terry

We are packing our suitcases and getting ready to launch the XVIII Foromic, the MIF’s largest annual event and the leading conference on microfinance and microenterprise in Latin America and the Caribbean. This year’s Foromic takes place October 26-28 in the dynamic city of Santiago, Chile.

3 key tips to help you on your funding journey

By Guest

By Anne Ravanona, Founder and CEO of Global Invest Her
Looking for funding is difficult for any entrepreneur and the hard truth is that it is harder for women entrepreneurs. Today, only 4% of Venture Capitalist and 20% of Business Angels in the US are women. In the UK, only 14% of business angels are women and am pretty sure the figures may be even lower in Latin America. Ok so that was the bad news! The good news is that things are moving forward, although still slowly.

Time to Think

By Fermín Vivanco

12 years ago, only a bare hillside and a crop of onions separated Marino's house from Lake La Cocha, at more than 2,600 meters above sea level, in the department of Nariño, Colombia. Today the lake view is adorned by a variety of trees, including several native species of La Cocha that Marino has been replanting in recent years. Trees protect and nourish cabbages, beans, racachas, cauliflower, tomatoes, zucchini, gooseberries, and a long list of crops in his small piece of land. "Every day you plant something," says Marino, who grows a dozen varieties of potatoes.

Demand Solutions and NEXSO partner to identify the most “disruptive” startups addressing urban challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

By Yves Lesenfants

Por Yves Lesenfants  y Juan Luis Landeta*

NEXSO, the open platform for innovation and knowledge developed by the MIF that facilitates interaction between innovators and development actors in Latin America and the Caribbean, is  proud to have been part of the call for proposals at the recent IDB Demand Solutions Venture Night, which sought to recognize the work of young innovators, between 18 and 35 years old, to improve lives in cities across the region.