the mif blog

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

¿Qué tienen en común un huevo y el cambio climático?

By Guest

¿Podría un huevo cambiar la suerte de una familia y ayudarle a responder los desafíos de la variabilidad y cambio climático? La respuesta inmediata podría ser que no. Pero en la región de Copán-Chortí en Guatemala encontramos una mejor respuesta y ahora podemos escribir una historia distinta puesto que muchos huevos y gallinas están cambiando la vida de miles de familias y comunidades enteras.

From micro to Super (Bowl): the unlikely saga of coffee growers in Peru and Honduras

By Guest

Small things occasionally grow VERY big. That’s what happened when Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) projects to support small-scale coffee bean growers in Peru and Honduras became linked to a 30-second television commercial aired during Super Bowl 50 that was worth an estimated $5 million. 

Reciclar y obtener algo a cambio

By Guest

La acción de reciclar requiere un esfuerzo. Todas aquellas personas que separan sus residuos lo saben, y lo aceptan, pues, cuando lo hacen piensan casi más en los demás que en sí mismos. La gran cantidad de residuos que generamos cada día nos obliga a estar más y más concienciados con ese cometido.

Local Economic Development: A valid approach to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals

By Guest

By Monica Romis and Monica Muñoz*

With the opening message from the Pope and the participation of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Third World Forum of Local Economic Development ended on Friday, October 16, after four days of intense discussions and debates. The Forum, co-organized by the City of Turin, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI), Organization of United Regions (ORU FOGAR), Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (SEBRAE), International Labor Organization (ILO) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), included 3 plenary sessions, 29 panels, 26 workshops, an Arena space dedicated to the presentation of best practices and ongoing initiatives, along with other initiatives organized in parallel to the Forum’s celebration

3 reasons why behind every great entrepreneur there is a great mentor

By Guest

By Luz María de la Mora Sánchez, Founder, Vital Voices Mexico

There’s a saying that “behind every great man, there’s a great woman,” and without a doubt, behind every great entrepreneur there’s a great mentor. One of the most effective ways to develop and grow a business is by seeking the advice of a mentor who has lived through the good, the bad, and the ugly of the entrpereneurial life, and who is willing to share his/her knowledge with less experienced entreprenueurs to make their business experience easier.