FINCA - Small loans, big changes

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My younger brother, Ben, passed away last week in Camden, Maine at the age of 63. Ben was beloved by all who knew him. You can see his obituary here.

Joining me in this edition of the Social Enterprise Podcast are Diana Seirra, CEO of Be Girl, Ryan Walter, CEO of Compost Crew, and Brian Flores, COO of Compost Crew. In this episode: How did you find your passion? How do you research, text, and implement your business idea? How do you persevere through the ups and downs of starting your business? I want to thank Diana, Ryan, and Brian for a fantastic show and I wish them all the best of luck!

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In this interview, I discuss what’s needed for microfinance institutions to progress and develop in the Middle East, how we began and implemented our programs in that region, and the milestones we recently celebrated in Georgia and Pakistan.

I want to thank The Banker‘s Middle East editor, James King, for having me on the show. Here’s the link:

In this latest interview on Morning Money, I discuss how our village banking model creates opportunities for both the self-employed and small businesses with employees, why microfinance works well in developing economies but is a less relevant model in formal economies such as Europe and the U.S., and how we have partnered with commercial banks to help us expand and improve services for our clients.

I’d like to thank Sandra Kilhof and Billy Bambrough for having me on the show. Listen to the show here:

On December 2nd, I was invited to speak at London School of Economics Finance Society, where I talked about my personal journey into social entrepreneurship, as well as the early days of FINCA; how John Hatch and I pioneered the village banking model in Latin America, and, over the course of 30 years, expanded to over 1 million clients worldwide.

Here is a video of the talk.

I want to thank the LSE Finance Society for this fantastic opportunity to connect with the next generation of ‘disrupters’ and social entrepreneurs!

In this interview, I had the opportunity to discuss our village banking model in detail —  how we found our client base, raised money, and staffed the organization — and to share the moving story of Cissy Sekyewa, a FINCA client and successful entrepreneur.

When asked, “Is microfinance alone enough to get people out of poverty?” I stated that we need to expand our reach into other sectors including health, education, and energy. This led me to discuss one of our pilot programs, FINCA + Clean Energy, in Uganda, which provides training sessions for energy entrepreneurs and access to small loans that allow them to purchase solar powered products.

I want to thank Ed Mitchell for having me on the show, and to those who have listened and shared.

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