San Diego Micro-Finance

Micro-Finance in San Diego


The sequel to Microfinance 101: Microfinance 102!

Join the San Diego Microfinance Alliance (SDMFA), the Center for International Development at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), the School of International Relations & Pacific Studies and the EPTEAM Network Association at University of California-San Diego (UCSD), for three sessions of Microfinance 102, the continuation of Microfinance 101. Microfinance 102 will be held at the Great Hall at University of California-San Diego (UCSD) from 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Tuesdays, April 12, April 19, and May 3, 2011.

Registration and Cost

Student admission is $10, Non-Students $25, and University Alumni $15. The price for attending the course is the same whether you attend only one session or all three.

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April 12 – Video conference with Chuck Waterfield, CEO & President of MicroFinance Transparency
Chuck Waterfield has 25 years experience in microfinance, with a mixture of practical field experience (six years starting MFIs in both Haiti and Bolivia) and experience leading network strategy development (serving as microenterprise director for both MEDA and for CARE International). He developed Microfin, the most popular financial planning software in the microfinance industry and teaches business planning courses around the world, with more than 3,000 microfinance professionals having been trained in his courses. Currently on faculty of Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, he founded Microfinance Transparency in 2008 and works as the CEO and President.

April 19- Latest Research – Craig McIntosh of IR/PS, the School for International Relations and Pacific Studies

Craig McIntosh is a development economist whose work focuses on program evaluation. His main research interest is the design of institutions which promote the provision of financial services to micro-entrepreneurs. He has conducted field evaluations of innovative anti-poverty policies in Mexico, Guatemala, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania. He is currently working on research projects investigating how to boost savings among the poor, on whether schooling can be used as a tool to fight HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, and on mechanisms to improve the long-term viability of Fair Trade markets.

May 3 – John De Wit of Small Enterprise Foundation

The Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF) is a not-for-profit, pro-poor microfinance institution which began operations in 1992. The goal of SEF is to work towards the elimination of poverty and unemployment in a sustainable manner by providing credit for self-employment, combined with savings mobilization and a methodology that substantially increases the poor’s chances of successful self-employment. Since inception the organization has disbursed 412,820 loans to the value of R532 million. SEF’s recovery performance has been exceptional with bad debts as of December 2007 standing at 0.2%. SEF has gained considerable international recognition for its poverty-targeting methodology and its success in reaching and ensuring positive impact on the very poor.

During the week of April 25th there is no MF102 rather, we would encourage all participants to attend the San Diego Microfinance Summit on April 28th at a discounted rate.

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