Monthly Archives: March 2010

Travel Notification

Today I leave for Thailand.  I’ll be spending the weekend in Bangkok, four days in Koh Penang, one night in Chiang Mai, and four days in Pai before returning to Bangkok for four more days.  On April 4th I fly … Continue reading

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Microenterprise to SME: A Thought Exercise Pt. II

This is the third post of a three–part series on small- and medium enterprises.  It is the second of a two-part post. The other day I discussed six actions or programs a microfinance institution (MFI) can take to help clients … Continue reading

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Sleeping in the Bed You Make

“If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose- because it contains all the others- the fact that they were the people who created the phrase to make money. No other language or nation had … Continue reading

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Pacquiao vs. Clottey: The Event

Tomorrow is a big day in the Philippines.  For two hours during the day, the country grinds a halt.  The crime rate falls to zero, because the would-be criminals are shoulder-to-shoulder in front of the TV, watching a national superstar … Continue reading

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A Tangential Cultural Filler

One side benefit of coming to the Philippines has been that my music consumption has skyrocketed.  Here are the ten albums making the rounds lately: 1.  Percy Hill, “Color in Bloom” [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC2zkkBIlmg]

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Microenterprise to SME: A Thought Exercise pt. I

This is the third post of a three–part series on small- and medium enterprises.  It is a two-part post. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z66wVo7uNw] A month ago, I attended a conference in Manila sponsored by the Microfinance Council of the Philippine Islands.  I wrote … Continue reading

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The Tradeoffs of Serving the Poorest

This past weekend I went with four coworkers and a lecturer at Ateneo University Business School to a province called Aklan.  I woke up at 5:00 AM Friday morning in order to catch the ferry to Iloilo at 8:00.  We … Continue reading

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Hello, This is Manila. How Can I Help You?

Last week I tried to pay my credit card bill online.  Using a different computer, the site wanted to verify my identity with a security question – “what is the name of your elementary school?”  After three failed attempts, the … Continue reading

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Solar Energy in the Developing World

This is a journal about the practice and theory of microfinance, and, more broadly, international economic development and poverty alleviation globally.  If you’d like to get new posts sent to your inbox, please sign up, or subscribe to to my … Continue reading

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Talisay to Bago: A Day’s Work

On Wednesday morning, I woke up at 7:00 to get ready for call I had with some head honchos at Kiva about how we can put solar energy loans up on the Kiva website.  After that, I had to talk … Continue reading

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