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Posted on April 11, 2016

Enclude and The World Bank Group hosted an event on December 9th, 2015 in Karachi, Pakistan. The purpose of the event was to celebrate women’s entrepreneurship in Pakistan, begin important conversations about the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and how to address them, and to allow networking opportunities for WomenX community members with stakeholders in the entrepreneurship ecosystem both locally as well as internationally.Guests included over 150 growth-oriented entrepreneurs, along with their trainers, facilitators, mentors, and other stakeholders represented by academics, policy makers, financial institutions, the private sector, and community leaders.

Guests included over 150 growth-oriented entrepreneurs, along with their trainers, facilitators, mentors, and other stakeholders represented by academics, policy makers, financial institutions, the private sector, and community leaders.

Panel discussions with WomenX entrepreneurs included:

Panel #1: Leading Ladies & Supportive Men: Successful Women Entrepreneurs and The Men Who Support Them; Sumaira and Waseem (Husband/Wife), Sonya and her-father-in law, Dr. Ambreen and her WomenX mentor

Panel #2: Tech Pioneers Breaking Through: A Panel of Game Changers With Unconventional Business and Approaches in the Tech Space.

Panel #3: Women Entrepreneurs Sharing their WomenX Jouneys: Four Seasons after WomenX

Watch a short video with the event coverage and a short clip of the speakers.

Posted on April 08, 2016

IMG_6881 (1)Left to right: Josh Zinner (ICCR), Anna Falkenberg (SRIC), Fr. Séamus Finn (ICCR), Vince Siciliano (New Resource Bank), Laurie Spengler (Enclude), Darrin Williams (Southern Bancorp), and Jan Piercy (Enclude)

Members of The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), Socially Responsible Investment Coalition (SRIC), academics, bankers, and wealth advisors gathered with Global Alliance for Banking on Values member bank CEOs from New Resource Bank and Southern Bancorp on Wednesday, April 6th in San Antonio, Texas to discuss the big question: Why don’t all banks drive sustainable prosperity? 

It was an eventful day, in which over 100 stakeholders from diverse backgrounds – including members of religious orders, bankers, wealth advisors, and academics – gathered to explore how banks drive of sustainable prosperity in both local and global communities. The discussions centered on a dinnertime panel in which moderator Fr. Séamus Finn, ICCR Chair, drew out the reasons why Laurie Spengler (Enclude), Vince Siciliano (New Resource Bank), and Darrin Williams (Southern Bancorp) are each motivated to be involved in values-based banking.

Posted on April 06, 2016

On April 7th, 2016, Enclude’s Managing Director of Capacity Solutions, Roland Pearson, will join the U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua and representatives from Banco de América Central Nicaragua (BAC-Nicaragua) at BAC-Nicaragua’s Managua headquarters to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to express commitment and generate public awareness for a new program working to expand access to credit to women entrepreneurs in Nicaragua. The Variable Payment Obligation (VPO) Program, which officially launched in September 2015 and is funded by USAID and the Argidius Foundation, mobilizes capital from BAC-Nicaragua and third-party impact investors to lend through BAC-Nicaragua using an innovative underwriting methodology and repayment schedule, complemented with business acceleration services.

Read more here (http://tinyurl.com/h2mlzuf).

Posted on April 05, 2016

ZEIST, THE NETHERLANDS, MARCH 31, 2016. In a bid to create a wave of change in the professional world of banking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will launch the world’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on April 19 based on the concept of #BankingOnValues. Titled Just’ Money: Banking as If Society Mattered, the five-week course has been designed with guidance, input, and living case studies sourced from the Global Alliance for Banking On Values (GABV), its members and other change making organisations.

Read the press release in English and Spanish (http://tinyurl.com/zwt7ftr).

Posted on February 18, 2016

Laurie Spengler, Enclude’s President and CEO, was appointed to the CASE i3 Advisory Council. Laurie will be joining leaders of the existing Council in providing CASE i3 with strategic guidance on efforts to fulfill their mission to establish a rich set of resources and activities for students, entrepreneurs, investors, funders, academics, and policymakers to explore and support the field of Impact Investing. (Watch Laurie’s CASE i3 speaker presentation here.)

Posted on February 18, 2016

Enclude is working with USAID in a pilot program testing an innovative loan structure that relies on companies’ cashflow to unlock financing for small- and medium-sized enterprises. The test of the new Variable Payment Obligation, or VPO, is aimed at helping women business owners in particular, who often lack fixed assets or loan guarantors. Read more here (ow.ly/YtPnH).

Posted on January 25, 2016

WomenX Pakistan is a pilot for a global World Bank program to support women entrepreneurs with high-growth potential.Through the program, participating women business owners receive a package of services– including business and soft skills training, networking, peer-to-peer coaching activities, one-on-one mentoring, and specialized business clinics– that directly address the range of constraints restricting their growth.

Enclude, which is implementing the project in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar invites interested business women to apply now at www.womenxpakistan.com.  Applications for the current session will close on February 10, 2016.

To hear about participants’ experiences in their own words, view this inspiring short video (http://bit.ly/1SHmhzu).

Posted on November 10, 2015

Leading up to the Power Shift conference in Oxford, Enclude CEO Laurie Spengler talks with MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth about the costs to society of failing to fully tap women as economic contributors, and what it will take to achieve greater economic inclusion and empowerment for women around the world. Power Shift Forum for Women in the World Economy brought together global leaders in Oxford Nov. 9th–10th to collaborate on solutions to obstacles women face in markets. Read the interview on the MasterCard Inclusion Hub.

Posted on August 11, 2015

WomenX Pakistan has been nominated for the 2015 Global Sourcing Council 3S Awards!  Help us get the word out about the amazing women entrepreneurs in the program by checking out our 5 minute video and voting for WomenX to win the 3S People’s Choice Award.

3S is an international awards program showcasing projects that bring sustainable and socially responsible sourcing principles into daily practices. Winners will be honored at the the United Nations Gala ceremony, September 16, 2015, the eve of the 70th General Assembly, where world leaders will adopt post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDGs are shaping the future of global development and will redefine the business role in global development. All winners and nominees receive tremendous global visibility to thought leaders, industry influencers and key decision makers.

WomenX Pakistan is a pilot for a global World Bank program to support high-growth potential women entrepreneurs. The program is being implemented in Karachi and Peshawar by Enclude. Through the program, participating women business owners receive a package of services that directly address the range of constraints restricting their growth – with an emphasis on developing their capacity to improve enterprise management services and business performance outcomes – thereby stimulating job creation and contributing to economic growth. At a macro level, the program fosters a more innovative and inclusive entrepreneurial eco-system for women entrepreneurs.

Posted on August 06, 2015

Elizabeth Littlefield, President & CEO of OPIC, weighs in on what it means to make an impact investment and how to be inclusive of more traditional investors early forays into the space.  Littlefield thinks with Enclude President & CEO Laurie Spengler about whether every impact investment needs to hit the bullseye – and if not, how do we think inclusively and carefully about what impact investing can mean.