Author Archives: Drew Meyers

About Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is a travel addict and founder of Horizon. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate.

If you’re a regular reader, you may know that I’ve battled with finding an efficient way to connect with other microfinance advocates all over the globe during the course of my extensive travels the last few years. Regular readers likely also know I’ve been working on a startup for the last year (Oh Hey World). Those of you who know me probably won’t be surprised to know that there is a … Read More >> is pleased to be a sponsoring partner for the Month of Microfinance – which takes place throughout the month of April. What exactly is Month of Microfinance? WHAT: Month of Educational, Awareness and Fundraising events for Client-Centered Microfinance WHEN: April 1 – April 30, 2013 WHERE: Everywhere WHY: We are a low-budget (correct that, no-budget) grassroots movement of student organizations with a passion for microfinance and an intense commitment to learning. HOW: Take 3 … Read More >>

Interview with Kushal Chakrabarti

Most of the readers here likely already familiar with Vittana. I’ve known Kushal Chakrabarti since 2008, and am a big fan. Here is a 30 minute video he did with Seattle Voices.

From the AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking & Economics Agreement signed between AlHuda Pakistan and Vision Fund AzerCredit Azerbaijan in Baku (Baku- Azerbaijan) An agreement for the advancement of Islamic microfinance was signed between AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics and Vision Fund AzerCredit in a splendid ceremony at the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. According to the agreement, AlHuda CIBE will conduct market research in different cities of Azerbaijan including Baku to formally … Read More >>

Via the Global Islamic Microfinance Forum (which was a media partner) MFI’s of 27 Countries unified for the development of Islamic Microfinance Global Islamic Microfinance Forum concluded in UAE with a unanimous declaration to work together for the advancement of Islamic Microfinance globally. (Dubai – UAE) Three-day “Global Islamic Microfinance Forum” was organized on 8th-10th December 2012, in Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE. The delegates from UAE, Pakistan, India, UK, … Read More >>

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Vittana and Kiva Partner

Big news today that two of the big names in microfinance are now working together — Vittana and Kiva. + Vittana, currently in 12 countries, will be able to scale up the number of loans to students they distribute by taking advantage of Kiva’s massive audience of funders as a source of capital. Congrats to both parties for joining forces!

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Kiva Gift Cards, the gift that keeps on giving. Literally.

Global Partnerships Happy Hour – Seattle

For those in the Seattle area, there is a Global Partnerships Happy Hour coming up next week on November 13th. When: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Where: GP Seattle Headquarters , 1932 First Avenue, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98101 What: Are you interested in learning more about Global Partnerships’ work? Please join us for happy hour, and speak one-on-one with staff to learn about GP’s role in expanding opportunity for families in … Read More >>

There are a number of microfinance connections I know, all over the globe. Some of them I’ve met in person (like Sloane), some I haven’t. One of the ones I hadn’t met was James Beshara. The relationship history is an interesting one. I first interacted with James through my best friend, Kayla, who works at Esperanza International(an MFI focused on the Dominican Republic) a few years ago. James worked at an MFI called Kuyasa in … Read More >>

We’re super excited to announce that we’ve added a member to our team — Kat Rodata. She’ll be interning for us for awhile, helping out with content along with building and maintaining relationships with outside contributors of myKRO. A little bit about her… Kat Rodota is a recent graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she majored in International Business and minored in French.  She is passionate about traveling … Read More >>