Microlending is well-aimed aid

The international community has failed to help many of the world's poor. Could you or I do better without even spending a dollar? Around this time of year, many of us think about how we can make a tiny slice of the world a better place through giving to those in need.

Wednesday, 2 January, 2013, 2:52am

Microcredit boom on mainland set to stay

When people talk about China's financial market, they naturally refer to the capital market such as stock trading, or the banking sector like personal savings or commercial lending. After all, this is the more visible mainstream market.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Who said it?

Every person has a selfish but also a selfless side. It's important to bring out the selflessness in people

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and microcredit pioneer, on a vist to HK

This case has been like a huge stone weighing on me for more than half a year. What a nightmare

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

Wenzhou gives nod to private lenders

Wenzhou, regarded as the mainland's capital of private enterprise, plans to create an additional 120 microcredit firms in the next three years as it moves to liberalise private lending.

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Helping others to help themselves

With a tap of their laptop computer keys, Hongkongers now regularly donate to help poor people around the world set up small businesses.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

From big bank to microcredit firm

In June, Joe Zhang Huaqiao dropped a bombshell on the financial world when he announced he was quitting as managing director of China at investment bank UBS to take a job at an unknown microcredit company in a rural district of Guangzhou, to offer people small loans, which many larger lenders shy away from.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Let's seek joint solution to waste problem

Like your correspondent Michael Lewis ('Draw up delta refuse strategy', April 5), I have often wondered why the Environmental Protection Department cannot think outside the box when it comes to solving our waste management problems.

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Microcredit still sowing the seeds of success

Recently, I went to bed feeling like a frozen corpse. I was up in the Himalayas, not dressed for the occasion. Fortunately, the little hotel in which I lodged provided its guests with duvets almost half a metre thick. Once awake in the morning, all was forgiven. I was in the Ganges valley in the foothills of the Himalayas. From where I stood, it was a mighty drop to the river.

21 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Grameen in mainland microfinance venture

Grameen Foundation, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organisation dedicated to providing small loans to poor people, is forming a partnership with a mainland counterpart to bring microfinance to China's vast rural areas.

16 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Leap at this opportunity

Here's a chance to brush up on your persuasive writing and analytical skills. Leap Studio Ltd wants a Young Post Junior Reporter to cover a course introducing students to the mainland microfinance group Wokai.

12 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Learn about genius of microfinancing

Here's a chance to brush up on your persuasive writing and analytical skills, while learning about world issues. Leap Studio Ltd wants a Young Post Junior Reporter to cover one of their courses. In this course, Leap will introduce students to the mainland microfinance group Wokai.

11 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Casey Wilson

TOP OF THE POPS My father is part French, Spanish, black and Native American. He is 88 years old and he grew up in the 1920s, when his family was not accepted by blacks or by whites. Luckily, during the second world war, because he was in the army, he got the opportunity to go to college and graduation school for free because of the G.I.

13 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Conscious capitalists look beyond profit

Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus made a big social impact by helping small businesses. In 1974, with the country battered by a string of catastrophic famines, natural disasters and a devastating war of independence, Yunus sowed the seeds for the microfinance movement by extending small loans to village women making handicrafts.

10 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Financing the future

Philanthropists are looking at less conventional ways of giving

Many philanthropists are moving away from just writing a cheque as the only way to donate, according to Tony Ferris, UBS executive director and head of philanthropy services for Asia-Pacific.

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Different types of service

Microcredit: Loans, usually small amounts, given to low-income people. Usually, the money is given out gradually. First-comers start with a very small loan, and if they pay back on time, they can obtain a bigger loan. For example, a small loan can help set up a business and generate an income for the poor.

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am