Latin America

Multiple global crises, such as the Ebola epidemic in western Africa, conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, and droughts in Central America have led to an increasing demand for food aid. But the aid is unsustainable, according to the United Nations’ (UN’s) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Program (WFP).

Tags: Central America   ebola   farmers   food security   Guatemala   Latin America   United Nations   

At last week’s 17th Microcredit Summit in Mérida, Mexico, stakeholders from the microfinance industry gathered to discuss how innovations in microfinance can help rid the world of extreme poverty.

Tags: Bolivia   CRECER   impact   Latin America   Mexico   microcredit   Microcredit Summit   microfinance   Truelift   

In the field of development economics, the “last mile distribution challenge,” how to service the most geographically isolated corners of the world, is often portrayed as an amorphous concept that stumps social entrepreneurs around the world.

Tags: interns   last mile   Latin America   Nicaragua      solar light   solar technology   

In our Investors Report for the second quarter of 2014, our Chief Investment and Operating Officer, Mark Coffey, highlights the important role intermediaries play within the impact investing sector, and presents five factors GP uses to evaluate our partners’ management and governance.

Tags: Colombia   Contactar   governance   intermediaries   investors report   Latin America   management   

For two years, I lived and worked in the small farming community of Caisán. It’s home to about 200 families and is nestled in a world

Tags: kerosene lamp   Latin America   Panama   peace corps   poverty   

For a young social enterprise, capital and the terms attached to it are the principal fuel for growth. Many start-ups see this as a catch-22.

Tags: accelerator   Central America   funding   Latin America      solar light   

I’ve always believed that helping others is one of the best ways to grow as a person. On a recent field visit to a village bank affiliated with Pro Mujer in Nicaragua, a microfinance institution (MFI) and partner of Global Partnerships (GP), I saw the real power of solidarity in action.

Tags: Latin America   Nicaragua   Pro Mujer in Nicaragua   solidarity group   village bank   women   

“Without the coffee, [the farmers] would have to sell their land,” said Alvaro Gomez Ferreto during his recent visit to our Seattle office. “They need to sell coffee to generate revenue.”

Tags: climate change   coffee   coffee farmers   Coffee Leaf Rust   La Roya   Latin America   smallholder farmers   World Environment Day