What if microfinance could accelerate the demographic transition? Many microfinance institutes focus on making loans to women: properly administered, these loans should enable women to establish their societal value economically. But perhaps most importantly, microfinance provides an avenue for people to transition from the day-to-day worries of feeding themselves and their families into lifestyles that provide at least a little breathing room to plan for the future.
The 6th Annual Crunchies Awards, a technology industry awards ceremony co-hosted this year by TechCrunch, GigaOm and VentureBeat, takes place on Jan. 31 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Twenty Crunchies categories will be awarded, with numerous companies founded or led by Stanford alumni nominated as finalists for major categories.
Matt Flannery ’00, M.A. ’01, founder of Kiva, a non-profit organization that allows individuals to make microfinance loans to people in developing countries, admitted to an audience of students Sunday that his last year at Stanford was “discombobulating and fragmenting.”
I see a fellow community member sleeping on a bench and I know something is wrong with the bigger picture, although I don’t yet know what.
Chad La Tourette ’12 swims fast … Stanford farms internet startups … Travis Kiefer ’11 runs a lot … Victor Wooten returns … Stanford news from around the web for Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.