Pay-as-you-go technology for the rural poor

“How M-KOPA unlocked pay-as-you-go solar in rural Kenya” is a recent article for the website Gigaom by Katie Fehrenbacher about the growth of a fascinating rural solar business that uses Kenya’s home-grown banking-by-text system, M-PESA. The cost reported in this article (US$0.46 per …

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“How did you two guys get together?”

By Mal Warwick The query in the title is one of the questions I’ve encountered most frequently over the past several months as Paul Polak and I have been promoting The Business Solution to Poverty around the country. So, to …

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The Last 500 Feet

By Paul Polak Developing practical and profitable new ways to cross the last 500 feet to the remote rural places where poor families now live and work is the first step towards creating vibrant new markets that serve poor customers. …

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The Business Solution to Poverty $5,000 Challenge

You can win $5,000 in The Business Solution to Poverty $5,000 Challenge by designing a for-profit business model along the lines described in The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers by Paul Polak and Mal …

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End Poverty or Bust

Creating a Runway for Profitable New Multinational Businesses to Transform Poverty By Paul Polak Five years ago, Steve Bachar and I decided to create a venture capital fund that would only invest in companies capable of achieving three goals: Transforming …

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Starred Review in Publishers Weekly

This inspiring manifesto from Windhorse International CEO Polak (Out of Poverty) and entrepreneur Warwick (Fundraising When Money Is Tight) features a comprehensive roadmap for executives and entrepreneurs who wish to address the needs of the “bottom billions” who live on …

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Picture of the Week 2013-9-30

Sustainable economic development is the Holy Grail of development specialists worldwide, yet so few efforts to attain it have focused on the right people and the right methods. Poor people must invest their own time and money in raising the …

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Picture of the Week 2013-9-20

Affordable, small-plot drip irrigation like the system operated by this farmer in Nepal can multiply a family’s income by a factor of three or more. With water available for irrigation, farmers can grow more valuable vegetable crops and harvest them …

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