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John Hatch, FINCA Founder to speak at RI Convention
Category: Microcredit | By SDR, 5-Jun-2018 | Viewed 410  Comments 0 | Source Bob Sample

John Hatch, the Visionary and the Explorer of New Ideas


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John Hatch Founder of FINCA

ON June 26th 2018 FINCA founder John Hatch will be the featured speaker at the Annual General Meeting of RAGM at the Toronto Rotary Convention. John's commitment to enabling the poor is legionary, particularly in his ground-breaking techniques on how to help the poor help themselves. John will also be a key note speaker at the Summit for Ending Extreme Poverty immediately following the RI Convention (28 June - http://www.endultrapoverty.ca/) See for yourself what John has been up to.

In 1984, John Hatch founded the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA).  In the past 30 years, FINCA has become one of the world's leading microcredit institutions, with over 1.8 million low-income clients in 23 subsidiaries in Latin America, Africa, Eurasia, Middle East, and South Asia.  John is also known as the father of "village banking", a group loan methodology now replicated by over 800 microcredit institutions in 60 countries. John's economic development career spans almost 50 years, during which time he served as a Peace Corps volunteer and staff member, Fulbright scholar, economist, and consultant to small farmer development projects in some 50 countries. 

In 1973, John earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1973.  In addition to his management duties at FINCA, John directed field research for 10 years by summer interns armed with Palm Pilots who interviewed over  3,000 clients per year to document their poverty levels, business profitability, and rising living standards. John is also a co-founder, along with Professor Muhammad Yunus and Sam Daley-Harris, of the Microcredit Summit Campaign, which has been a major factor in building the microfinance movement and the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030.  Thanks to tracking by the Microcredit Summit Campaign, the field was able to celebrate achieving the goal of reaching 100 million families with microcredit in 2007.  He has given microcredit workshops and lectured widely at universities at home and abroad. 

Following his retirement in 2007, John moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his beloved wife, Mimi.  Sadly, Mimi contracted brain cancer and died in November 2016.  John has recently created a memorial fund of $25,000 in Mimi's honor to be donated to RESULTS Educational Fund for use in building the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030.  He has also created a $20,000 fund to match donations to the Ending Ultra-Poverty Retreat in Toronto in June 2018.
John continues to live In Santa Fe, where he is pursuing a lifelong interest in water coloring and writing.  (He has recently finished a screenplay.)  Since retirement is not really John's forte, he also continues his extensive public speaking and travel activities, and actively campaigns for an end to global poverty by the year 2030. He has recently returned from an extensive field trip to Uganda, where he reviewed FINCA's Bright Life solar social business project and its implications for reaching the ultra-poor.
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Hatch with FINCA client

See more at:  https://www.fincaimpact.com/
John Hatch:  hatchjk74@gmail.com
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