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Wharton interviews Ajay Gupta of ruralnaukri.com

India Knowledge @ Wharton features an interview of Ajay Gupta, founder of various institutions that cater to employment necessities in rural India. Ajay Gupta talks about ruralnaukri.com, a job portal for college educated village youth and villegenaukri.com for school graduates.

His views about…

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Vikram Akula of SKS Microfinance Touts Mobile Banking as the Future of Microfinance

In a recent interview with [email protected], Vikram Akula of SKS Microfinance touted mobile banking (conventionally used for performing balance checks, account transactions, payments etc. via a mobile device such as a mobile phone) as the future of microfinance, but cited India’s…

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Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) – March 22, 2008

The 12th annual Wharton India Economic Forum is set to take place this upcoming Saturday, March 22nd in Philadelphia, PA.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Imagine,” with guest speakers ranging from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India,…

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[Guest Post]: Business skills for rural women

Editors Note: Guest Blogger Keyzom Ngodup works with Intellecap, a pioneering social venture capital firm focused on making double bottom-line investments in India. In addition to capital and investment support, Intellecap is unque that they also provide a range of…

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Goldman Sachs to Provide Management Education to Women Social Entrepreneurs

While the work of microfinance institutions such as Grameen Bank and Unitus have done wonders to empower women in developing countries, these budding entrepreneurs continue to lack any formal business training. To address this dearth in education, Goldman Sachs announced…

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Microfinance 2.0

Here is an interesting article from Spiegel Online (thanks Avashya for letting us know about it) on an entrepreneur’s efforts to utilize the power of private equity to scale up microfinance institutions more quickly and to provide them with the capital necessary…