Category «Investments»

Impact investing in Middle East/North Africa: Notes from the Field

I am entering here my blog post from www.vilcap.com Editor’s note: Hatem Mahbouli, a Georgetown MBA, is spending the summer in Middle East/North Africa exploring the feasibility of a Village Capital program in the region.  We’re sharing Hatem’s learnings as he works with entrepreneurs, investors, and incubators in this region that the impact investing world …

Economic Growth Program 2011

I am starting with the Arab Institute of Business Managers, an exciting and unique program to bring MBA and Master’s students from US to Tunisia, in order to screen micro-business opportunities in the remote and poor areas of Tunisia, from where the revolution actually started : Sidi Bouzid, Gassrine, etc. I just ended the interview …

Social entrepreneurship in North Africa

I attended a meeting about “Social Entrepreneurship in the Arab World” with Ehaab Abdou, co-author of the very insightful report “Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East” . The main issue raised by this event was how to take advantage of the revolutions to create a better legal and economic framework for social entrepreneurs and impact investment …

The personal microcredit

I recently met, during the last green drinks event,  two very nice people that were working for the Red Cross, in the Microcredit Service. What is different comparing to micro loans, is that the credits are not necessary granted for entrepreneurship purposes. As explained on the red cross site, these microcredits have 3 main goals : allowing …