Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas for Entrepreneurs Around the World

In Kishasa they sing through the night. In Mexico City, the streets and houses are adorned with bright red flowers that brings luck year round. In Russia, where snow is practically guaranteed, they swap presents at New Year and don’t celebrate Christmas until a week later. So how (indeed if at all) do lendwithcare entrepreneurs celebrate Christmas and how does it affect their businesses? We asked our MFIs exactly this. 

Friday, 9 December 2011

Microcredit and Job Creation

© CARE/ Emilie Bailey
When the aim is to create jobs then what is more effective, lending to the very smallest businesses, often referred to as microenterprises, or lending to slightly larger businesses commonly called Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This was the question addressed by an interesting workshop that I attended recently on the relationship between microcredit and job creation at the Microcredit Summit in Valladolid, Spain. I am not sure that we reached any sort of agreement, apart from the obvious that both are important.