Harnessing Student Potential In Microfinance
Join Bankers without Borders® for our next webinar: Community-Managed Microfinance
Friday, August 10, 2012 from 12:00 – 1:00pm ET. Click HERE to reserve your webinar seat now.
For years, microlenders have tried to extend microcredit to the world's poorest people, who often live in rural, hard-to-reach areas. Not only are these clients difficult to reach, but there is often a gap between the services microfinance institutions offer and the additional services very poor communities need. A new model has evolved to address these challenges: village savings and loan (VSL). The VSL model is based on a person or group's ability to save and the financial process is managed by members of the community, rather than microlenders (VSLA). Recommended Background Reading: http://www.economist.com/node/21541429
Who should attend?
· Individuals interested in learning about the evolution of microfinance for those living at the bottom of the pyramid, including self/community-managed microfinance, savings groups, etc.
· Individuals interested in learning about Bankers without Borders "microfinance plus" volunteer opportunities.
About the Presenter:
Hugh Allen is the founder and CEO of VSL Associates. He has worked in development since 1970, focusing most of the last twenty years on microfinance and technology-based market development activities. Additional information is available here.
About the Moderator:
Ronnie Eng, a veteran volunteer, has a background in Macro Investment Research, conducting sell-side research across asset classes, as well as Strategy & Business Development on a global basis for multiple investment banks.
Space is limited. Register for your webinar seat here.