How capital and opportunity can change everything – 5 tales of the massive impact

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels…”

“…The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Steve Jobs

Sometimes the world can seem a bit uncertain. Change is happening faster than ever, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

But when times are uncertain, it is also easier to believe that you can influence reality. If things are not fixed, you may see yourself giving the world a nudge in the direction you intend.

When we set out to start Iban, it was more than just starting a business. It was about opening up possibilities, about making a dent in the world and making things a bit differently too.

Because no matter who or where you are, to help you go where you want to go you need resources, capital. And we are here to help things moving.

And so, today we pay homage to all the makers, the doers and the landscape changers, as we bring you 5 inspiring examples of people that didn’t just take what was there, but kept pushing forward (courtesy of

1 – Kara Logan – 3 ways to be a more effective fundraiser.

Every venture needs resources, more specifically, capital. And sometimes the way to get it is to ask for it, but there’s more to it than just selling your vision.

2 – Muhammad Yunus – A History of Microfinance (from TEDxVienna)

Many people feel like they need to think big, but sometimes big ideas hide in small actions. And we find out that even beggars can be entrepreneurs.

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3 – Shivani Siroya – A smart loan for people with no credit history (yet)

Banks look at certain metrics to decide whether to grant a loan to a person, gathered in what is called their credit score. The absence of one excludes a lot of people from access to capital – that is, until other metrics are considered.

4 – Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll – How I learned to read – and trade stocks – in prison

If you ever thought you were in too bad a situation to make a comeback, you should really watch this one. An escape from a life of crime to teaching others solid money management.

5 – Chetna Gala Sinha – How women in rural India turned courage into capital

What to do when a bank refuses to open a savings account for a plastic tarp during monsoon season? Roll up your sleeves and start your own bank.

To change the world you need resources. And when it seems you can’t access them, human ingenuity finds a way. Faced with a problem, it works overtime to solve it. The question here is: what problem are you going to solve next?

For the moment enjoy a little help from us.

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