Offer: Creating Sustainable Microfinance: A Panel Discussion
Moderated by Caitlin Weaver, Chair of the Microfinance Club of New York
Camilla Nestor, Vice President of Microfinance, Grameen Foundation
Bill Abrams, President, Trickle Up
Beth Ellen Dunphe, Director of Development, Project Enterprise
While Mohammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his
pioneering microfinance work in Bangladesh just three years ago, the
popularity of providing the poor with collateral-free loans and other
financial services to support their businesses is at an all-time high.
New microfinance models seek to make lending even more direct. Yet as
the practice of microfinance has begun to mature and expand, so too
have concerns over how to implement it most effectively. What are the
implications when a nonprofit organization offers microfinance to an
impoverished community but does not provide basic health or social
services? Can a single microfinance model work on different
continents? How might nonprofits, lenders and governments ensure that
micro-loans lead to lasting change not just for the borrowers, but for
their entire families and communities?
These are among the questions to be addressed at this panel discussion
hosted by Mercy Corps'
Action Center to End World Hunger in Battery Park City.
Wednesday, August 5, 7:00PM
Mercy Corps’ Action Center to End World Hunger
6 River Terrace
Battery Park City, New York