Who Should Take This Course
The Microfinance Distance Learning Course was designed for new entrants to the field of microfinance and has appealed to a broad range of people, including policy makers, donors, practitioners, academics and students. Staff of microfinance operations have found this course extremely useful – a chance to step back and see how their work fits into global microfinance initiatives.
Through the self-training online tool, new staff of agencies working in development or staff engaged in other fields are able to expand their knowledge of microfinance as an important part of efforts to fight poverty and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
The course curriculum is delivered through a user-friendly, interactive and attractively presented interface. Using the main menu as a road map, an expert narrator guides the student through eleven modules.
Case studies come alive as customers talk about microfinance services and products. Students interview staff members, the board and management of different microfinance institutions to assess the institutional strengths and challenges for growth.
Exercises and computer graphics make financial statements easy to understand and analyze.
Microfinance 102 – 2011 Sessions
San diegom fcoursepresentation from San Diego Microfinance Alliance
Mf transparency presentation slides from San Diego Microfinance Alliance
John de wit_point_loma_may_4_2011 from San Diego Microfinance Alliance
John De Wit (The Small Enterprise Foundation) from UCSD EPTEAM on Vimeo.
Your donation or loan to support microfinance can go towards a variety of organizations. You might choose to help Plant with Purpose, which helps community members set up community banks and teach them proper loan management. You can choose instead to make a loan online, which will not only help microfinance clients, but will most likely come back to you within months, since microfinance loans have a repayment rate of almost 100%. Loans through the websiteKiva.org can be as small as $25, or as large as you’d like. You could also choose to give directly to help organizations such as the Grameen Foundation; founded in Bangladesh by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus, it is the world’s largest bank which solely works with microfinance clients.