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Microfinancing – a tool for change

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Do you want to help Hosea Anthony Kihanza from Tanzania increase his stock in his pharmacy? Or make the woman Margaret Kanuthu Karanjaa’s dream come true of expanding her shop with clothes, arts and crafts in Nairobi?

Without a big trustfond or savings you can do so by using the microfinancing tool MYC4. It works as a platform which connects people from the Third World who have a business plan with ordinary people who like to invest in small businesses thus skipping the traditional chain of financing via bank loans.

You help but it’s also an investment. The status today says: So far 15,450 investors from 91countries have invested 9,077,259 in 4,753 businesses in 7 African countries. The average interest rate for investors
is 13.1% p.a.

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I will keep you up-to-date on microfinancing which is a trend that has proven sustainable in a number of cases displaying a business model which society has started to become increasingly interested in.

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Friday, January 30th, 2009

I’m really looking forward to this upcoming documentary about industrial design, directed by Gary Hustwit who also did the film Helvetica. It’s about our relationship to mass-produced objects and how they play a part in consumerism at large, their ways to support personal expressions and offering problemsolving to sustainability and other challenges in society.

Re-examine, Re-evaluate & Re-invent
The documentary features some of the finest industrial designers such as Jonathan Ive, the designer behind many Apple products. It takes a look on the designers and the way they re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our environment – and their creativity behind.

Enjoy the trailer!

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