Author Archives: Jason Ladieu

About Jason Ladieu

Jason is from Bellingham, Massachusetts, a small suburb between Providence and Boston. He is currently enrolled as an undergraduate student majoring in international business at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After working in the commercial and personal loan industry he became interested in microfinancing. When Jason is not working or attending school, he is interested in Boston-based sports teams, meeting new people, and spending time with family and friends. After graduation he plans to work in the personal finance industry while earning his MBA.

My Year with Microfinance

2013 is here, and like many of you I’m taking a moment to reflect on the year that was. 2012 was a great year! I joined Zidisha (a microfinance platform) in February and have since immersed my self in the interesting world of microfinance. I came to Zidisha with a basic understating of how microfinance works. Like many of you, I had seen what kind of differences Kiva was making … Read More >>

The 19th AU summit in Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa just ended. The overall theme of the summit was touted as “Intra-African Trade”. With 7 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the word being located in Africa, trade between old foes will be important for the prosperity and growth of the continent. The 19th AU Summit had a goal to share “Intra-African Trade” with other ongoing disputes throughout the continent. The border … Read More >>

Microlending has been one of the most powerful weapons against poverty that western countries have had for nearly 40 years. Time and time again the effectiveness of microfinance has been studied, and proven to be successful. Yet, as we approach the 40th anniversary of Muhammad Yunus’s first microcredit loan, the effectiveness of microfinance has come into question once more. While there are many advantages to offering microfinance options to those entrepreneurs in … Read More >>