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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.

Microfinanzas verdes: una herramienta para los negocios sostenibles y la acción climática

Por Arantza Loza

Silvia Fernández, una joven viuda, no estaba interesada por un nuevo refrigerador eficiente para su negocio, una bodega en una calle muy transitada de un barrio pobre de Guadalajara, México. No sabía lo que era eso de la eficiencia, pero cuando le dijeron que con este nuevo refrigerador podría ahorrar en la factura de la luz cambió de idea

Systematic sustainability is the goal of new fair-trade initiative

Por Alejandro Escobar A.

It used to be that coffee and bananas were among the few products that carried a fair trade label, and made people feel good about their purchases during trips to the local supermarket. Nowadays, there are a vast number of products with some kind of standard or certification that guarantees a fair price, ensures that organic standards were met during production, or at least, says where it was grown. You can look for these labels now on just about every product you buy: fish, strawberries, quinoa, and even milk. 

Social entrepreneurship enters the mainstream

Por Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

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

Once a niche concept at the intersection of business and development, “social entrepreneurship” is now mainstream. A social entrepreneur, according to Ashoka founder Bill Draper, who coined the term in 1980, is a person with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. A social enterprise is one that deliberately expands access to goods, services, income, and employment opportunities for vulnerable populations as part of its core business while seeking return on investment. Social entrepreneurship is increasingly appealing to people, and the idea of using a MBA degree to do good while doing well has grown in popularity on campuses and in businesses around the globe.

Mercados emergentes atraen una cifra récord de US$126 mil millones de inversiones en energía limpia

Por David Bloomgarden

Con el cambio climático como una preocupación creciente, las tecnologías de energía limpia son una alternativa atractiva.  Más aún, el desarrollo de estas nuevas tecnologías bajas en carbono, que incluyen biomasa, energía geotérmica, hidroeléctrica, solar y eólica, puede ayudar a reducir la pobreza en los países en desarrollo y a mejorar su seguridad energética.

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