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Understanding Microfinance Workshop Series - May 11 and May 25 in Calgary
Category: Microcredit | By Editor, 24-Feb-2013 | Viewed 3765  Comments 0
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Microfinance is praised as one of the most powerful tools to alleviate poverty. It is widely supported by Canadians with many investing in organizations such as Kiva, Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus' Grameen Foundation and other microfinance institutions (MFIs). There is, however, a disconnect between the practices of microfinance institutions and its supporters. Many express outrage when they hear of low-income families paying interest rates as high as 30, 60% or 100%, the increase of suicides in India related to microfinance loans and read about marginal impacts. This series of workshops aims to help people better understand microfinance by exploring its inner workings. Upcoming workshops include (1) Is all microfinance created equal? (2) Interest rates, how are they determined and why are they so high?

Whether you are intrigued by the idea of microfinance, invest in organizations such as Kiva or have a basic understanding of the field and want to learn more, you should consider attending this workshop. Workshop participants will walk away better informed about key issues in microfinance and why they matter. The workshop is facilitated by Christoph Schultz who has more than 10 years of experience in international development. For more information about the workshop series contact Christoph at understandingmicrofinance@gmail.com or 403-809-5867. 

Understanding Microfinance Workshop #1: Is all microfinance created equal?


When: May 11th, 2013, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: EPIC, 4th floor, 120 - 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, T2G-0K6
Cost: $35 for adults and $25 for students

Understanding Microfinance Workshop #2: Interest rates, how are they determined and why are they so high?


When: May 25th, 2013, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: EPIC, 4th floor, 120 - 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, T2G-0K6
Cost: $35 for adults and $25 for students

Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided at both workshops. People that register for the first workshop will receive a $5 discount on the cost of registering for the second workshop. 

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