Category: Media Exposure

Unitus Ventures (formerly Unitus Seed Fund) Invests in Affordable Dental Clinic Chain Smile Merchants

April 8, 2014 Media Exposure, Press Release

Startup dental clinic chain delivers quality dental services beyond big metros reaching India’s rural masses with affordable services 9 April 2014. Mumbai, India: Unitus Ventures (formerly Unitus Seed Fund), India’s most active seed-stage impact investor, has led an equity investment in Smile Merchants, a chain of dental clinics focused on providing affordable dental care services outside large metro… Read more >

Hippocampus Learning Centres partners with Grameen Koota

May 3, 2012 Media Exposure

A Profit-Driven Approach to Affordable Education: A Review of Hippocampus Learning Centers Government schools across India are haunted with serious issues. Teachers are absent 25 percent of days and teaching less than 55 percent of the time. This contributes to the low enrollment rates across the country, standing at a mere 37 percent of 361… Read more >

When Microcredit Isn’t the First Step

June 28, 2010 Media Exposure

By Sriram Gutta The microfinance movement has had great success in reaching over 150 million poor and low-income households worldwide. Yet, for nearly 1 billion people living under $1/day, microcredit is not the best first step. This group lives in the deepest and most profound levels of poverty and has little reason to believe that their… Read more >

Unitus Arranges $1.5m catalytic debt for Mimo Finance

June 26, 2010 Media Exposure

Unitus Arranges Rs 7 crore ($1.5 million) Debt for Partner Mimo Finance Unitus arranges Rs 7 crore ($1.5 million) of debt funding from $15 million Unitus, Opic & Citi credit facility that finalized March 2010 From Financial Chronicle, Mimo raises Rs 7 crore debt, by Sanjay Vijay Kumar. “Delhi-based non-banking finance company Mimoza Enterprises Finance (Mimo) has… Read more >

Unitus on Huffington Post

June 17, 2010 Media Exposure

Unitus Featured on Huffington Post Unitus supporter Suzanne Skees reflects on meeting John “The General”, a microfinance client of Jamii Bora Trust, during a recent trip to Kenya with Unitus. From the post, To End Poverty, Put a Criminal in Charge,by Suzanne Skees: The World Cup: Kenya’s former king of thugs may just play in the next… Read more >

Unitus Receives Highest Rating by Charity Navigator

May 1, 2010 Media Exposure

Unitus Awarded Highest Rating by Charity Navigator We are pleased to announce that Unitus has received Charity Navigator’sprestigious 4-star rating. According to Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, “We are proud to announce Unitus has earned our 4-star rating for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. Approximately a quarter… Read more >

Brigit Helms Interviewed by Next Billion

April 7, 2010 Media Exposure

Brigit Helms Discusses What’s Next in Financial Services for the Poor on NextBillion From NextBillion, What’s Next in Financial Services for the Poor? An Interview with Brigit Helms, CEO of Unitus, by Sriram Gutta. NextBillion Editor’s Note: In his first post as Staff Writer, Sriram Gutta shares an interview he recently conducted with Brigit Helms, CEO… Read more >

Ganesh Rengaswamy Speaks With Inc. Magazine

March 31, 2010 Media Exposure

Ganesh Rengaswamy Speaks With Inc. Magazine on Social Entrepreneurship From Inc. Magazine, How to Build a Values-Driven Business, by Tamara Schweitzer. “…Focus can be a big challenge for social entrepreneurs, says Ganesh Rengaswamy, a vice president at Unitus, an international non-profit that promotes the growth of microfinance. Most do-gooders have started a social enterprise because they… Read more >

Brigit Helms Featured in Lafferty Retail Banking Insider

March 31, 2010 Media Exposure

Brigit Helms Weighs In on State of and Potential for Microfinance and Retail Banking in Lafferty Retail Banking Insider > Download the February 2010 Lafferty Retail Banking Insider “As MFIs scale up and expand the range of services offered, particularly in rural areas, they need to continue to keep costs low in order to stay viable.… Read more >

Unitus & GV Healthcare Study Highlighted in Microfinance Focus

March 9, 2010 Media Exposure

Unitus, GV Study Debunks Myths and Finds Potential Solutions for Improving Healthcare for the Poor From Microfinance Focus, Study by Unitus, Grama Vidiyal Microfinance shows prospects for financial prodcuts to meet healthcare needs, by Nagesh Narayana. “Increasingly microfinance institutions (MFIs) are realizing the need to go beyond Micro-Credit, like providing divergent financial products to address the small… Read more >

Unitus Featured on Fast Company’s 30 Second MBA Series

January 18, 2010 Media Exposure

Unitus Partners with Fast Company on 30 Second MBA Series Featuring Microfinance Entrepreneurs and MFI Executives As part of their Thirty Second MBA series, Fast Company is featuring a video series highlighting microfinance entrepreneurs and MFI executives who are partners of Unitus. Each of the five videos includes an unfiltered interview with a microfinance entrepreneur answering questions about… Read more >

Unitus Discusses Market Linkages on Next Billion

January 8, 2010 Media Exposure

Sriram Gutta of Unitus Discusses Market Linkages on Next Billion From Next Billion, Market Linkages: The Achilles’ Heel of Livelihoods, by Sriram Gutta. “Over the last two decades, models for livelihoods for the poor have come of age and many organizations have focused their efforts on reducing the vulnerability of marginalized communities. A lot of these… Read more >