Peter Bladin

0 Muhammad Yunus, Craig McCaw, mobile phones and poor people

A decade ago, few thought poor people had much use for cell phones and, likewise, few in the cell phone industry had much use for poor people. The folks who launched Seattle’s Grameen Foundation Technology Center, which yesterday celebrated its 10th year anniversary (and new digs in Belltown), disagreed with…

1 Four answers to the question: Does microfinance work?

That, in a nutshell, was the question posed to a panel of microfinance experts at a Seattle forum earlier this week, sponsored by Global Washington and aimed at examining “The global implications of India’s microcredit crisis.” The answer: Yes and no. Of course. It’s actually an important, if impudent sounding,…