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Understanding Microfinance Workshop Series: Is all microfinance created equal?
Category: Microcredit | By Editor, 26-Aug-2013 | Viewed 3325  Comments 0
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Understanding Microfinance


Microfinance has been 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/or read about marginal impacts. This series of workshops aims to help people better understand microfinance by exploring its inner workings.

What will I learn at the workshop?


This workshop provides an overview of individual, group and village banking models. Participants will learn about the credit, savings and other financial products that MFIs offer to low-income individuals. Workshop participants will not only learn how these approaches work, but why MFIs choose different operating models and offer specific financial services. 

When


Saturday September 28th
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where


224 13th Avenue SW,
T2R-0K2, Calgary, Alberta

Registration


The workshop cost is $35 for
adults and $25 for students.

For more information or to
register please email
understandingmicrofinance
@gmail.com
or contact
Christoph Schultz at
403-809-5867.

Registration is limited to 20 participants.
The workshop will also examine major changes in the sector. Two specific examples of change that will be discussed are the shift away from the Classic model made famous by the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and the increasing focus on savings. Workshop participants will walk away better informed about how to support microfinance programs that are delivering results.

Why should I attend?


Whether you are intrigued by the idea of microfinance, invest in organizations such as Kiva and/or have a basic understanding of the field and want to learn more, this workshop is for you. The workshop begins with an introduction to microfinance; no previous background in is required.

Who facilitates the workshop?


The workshop is facilitated by Christoph Schultz, MSc. BComm. Christoph currently works as the Program Director with Light Up The World (LUTW) and has more than 10 years of experience in international development. He has worked for and with microfinance institutions in locations such as Bangladesh (SafeSave), China (PlaNet Finance) and Guatemala (IMDI local microcredit association). Christoph has a Master's in Development Economics and Public Policy from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor's of Commerce with a Major in Finance from the University of Calgary.
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