What is the name of your company, organization, or school?
University of Colorado at Boulder
What is your job function?
How did you find out about the Microfinance Network?
Why are you here?
I am here to exchange ideas with my peers regarding microfinance, network, and find resources that will further my research. I'd also like to meet others who are interested in international development.
What are you currently working on?
I'm working on a paper regarding the regulatory frameworks of MFIs.
I am a Buff Alum (graduated Spring 2008) and am now volunteering for a new microfinance nonprofit called Vittana (basically Kiva for students in the developing world). I have been talking with some old professors, advisers and some already-existing student groups on CU's campus to try and network a bit but would love to talk to you about the microfinance club- had no idea CU had one!
Check out Vittana's website (vittana.org) and let me know if you would be interested in talking more about possible networking options! We are hoping to partner up with universities around the world to educate people on microfinance and what we are out to accomplish (investing in education for a brighter future).
Hope to hear from you soon and gorgeous pictures- where are those from??
I am looking for some students who would be willing to work on a project for Rocky Mountain Friends of Microcredit. It would be a great chance to get some microfinance related experience and and a chance to network with other in microfinance in Denver. If you know of any students who might be interested at CU could you let me know? Also, if you want to grab coffee some time, it would be great to trade stories.
I understand the travel bug. I cannot wait to get on the move again and learn through experience, instead of in a classroom. I have been involved in microfinance for a few years now. On my gap year, I interned for Grameen America in Queens New York for roughly a year before working for Grameen Trust in Colombia and Mexico. Since getting to school, most of my work has been related to MFI Connect, which I truly believe is a necessary platform that has tremendous potential. Also on that same year, I was in Tanzania visiting and studying Millenium Promise villages. It has all been a whirlwind, but I can't stop running with it now!
I really hope that you can join us in Kenya. I would advise you to use our letter from Muhammad Yunus to solicit support from your university as well as other private donors. Our scholarship is really only intended to supplement other financial support.
Thanks so much and let me know if you have any suggestions/questions/concerns surrounding MFI Connect. If there is anyway we can get better, just let me know.
I teach a graduate course in Microfinance and Development at Copenhagen Business School (in addition to teaching at the University of Oregon.) When looking at MFI ratings groups, I'm a little concerned that they do better on financial measures than on social or environmental measures. Many people who invest in microfinance do so for social or environmental reasons (alleviate poverty, empower women, keep kids in school, improve health, support green businesses to preserve the environment, etc. What are you finding in your research about good tools (or sites) for measuring such outcomes? My students, former students, and I also manage a microdevelopment organization in Uganda, so these issues are very important to us. Your pictures are wonderful. Thanks,