Author Archives: Jerry Ostradicky

About Jerry Ostradicky

I work in Advertising Operations at Zillow, but LOVE microfinance. I'm always interested in startups, especially non-profits, reach out to me if you're working on anything cool!

Imagine a life without access to financial services: no deposit account, no pension, no debit card, no fire insurance, no college savings plan, and no home mortgage. Life would be an incredibly stressful roller coaster ride, and most dreams would remain unfulfilled. For us, life without financial services is unimaginable. Highlighting the importance of a diversified financial sector, his book describes the financial market system, the functions within it, and … Read More >>

“About the Organization: HOPE International is a network of MFIs operating in 16 countries around the world. It works to empower men, women, and families to break the cycles of physical and spiritual poverty through the provision of loans, savings services, basic business training, mentoring, and discipleship. In its network, HOPE includes traditional microfinance programs, microfinance plus programs, savings-led microfinance programs, and small and medium enterprise development programs. About the … Read More >>

Don’t miss an exclusive screening and behind-the-scenes discussion of a new film The New York Times calls “one of the hottest ’cause’ documentaries in years.” Vulcan Productions and World Vision invite you to the Seattle Red Carpet Premiere of the film Girl Rising a fundraiser to benefit girls around the world WHEN: Thursday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) WHERE: Seattle Cinerama, 2100 4th Avenue, Seattle. WATCH … Read More >>

OneSeed Expeditions 2013

Check out this awesome video from OneSeed Expeditions Patagonia trip 2013 down in Chile: Patagonia 2013 from The Dauphinee Group Inc on Vimeo. Here’s a list of some of their upcoming adventures: Atacama Under the Stars – April/October 2013 Langtang Journey – April/October 2013 Chile Trek and Sip – March/October/November 2013

About the Organization: Microfinance Focus Europe is a knowledge management service, established to inform and connect the emerging microfinance sector in Europe. They provide industry updates, exclusive interviews, expert opinions, and current research, as well as an information-sharing platform for those involved in European microfinance. Other services include coverage of microfinance conferences, brand development, and entrepreneur outreach. About the Job: Microfinance Focus Europe is seeking a number of different interns … Read More >>

About the Organization: Grameen Health Innovations’?? (GHI) mission is to test and deliver innovative and comprehensive health care models that combine high-quality affordable primary care, health education, and wellness programs, to empower low-income women to build healthier lives and cultivate healthy communities. GHI is now introducing a comprehensive health care program to address the unmet health needs of low-income women entrepreneurs served by their sister microfinance organization, Grameen America (GA), … Read More >>

Last month Vittana was matching loans to all new users and it was such a success that this month they are matching loans for existing users!  Vittana has been given $40,000 to use for matching, but only until 11:59pm on March 1st, so make sure you loan soon! 2x Matching Campaign! from Vittana on Vimeo.

Vittana: 5,000 Smiles in 2012

Cool video from Vittana showing the faces of the people they’ve supported in 2012: 5,000 smiles in 2012! from Vittana on Vimeo.

Future of Microfinance In China?

Recently I’ve seen a few articles by the China Daily and Microcapital that discuss how the microfinance industry in China is growing rapidly, with strong YoY grow.  This sounds right considering the economic growth that they are seeing, but then it got me wondering why there are more lending platforms or easier ways to loan to these people.  Wokai used to be a lending platform that only served people in … Read More >>

Living on One Dollar: Seattle Screening

Living On One Dollar is screening their movie in Seattle tomorrow at the Siff Uptown Showing: Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 PM Running Time: 90 Minutes Theater: SIFF Cinema Uptown Ticket Code: LIVI1127 Tickets: Free, click here to register “How do 1.1 billion people around the world live on less than one dollar a day? Four young college friends set out to research and live this reality. Armed with only a … Read More >>