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Author Archives: Leslie Forman
Today I received a detailed update from Unitus, and I think you might find it as fascinating as I did, for both its honesty and its comments about the state of microfinance in general. I made a small donation a few years ago, and have been impressed with the organization’s communications ever since.Â It begins: Dear Unitus Donors and Supporters: This is a follow-up to our July 2 announcement that … Read More >>
Published By Leslie Forman on December 1, 2010
Today I listened to this Global Prosperity Wonkcast with David Roodman: A crisis is unfolding in Indiaâ€™s microcredit sector thatâ€“ beyond its immediate effects on borrowers and lendersâ€“ will greatly affect the future of financial services for the poor. Iâ€™m joined by David Roodman, senior fellow here at the Center for Global Development and author of the forthcoming book Due Diligence: A Guide to Microfinance (which he has shared step … Read More >>
My friend Akhila Kolisetty, who writes the excellent blog Justice For All, passed along this opportunity.Â She writes: I worked with this organization (The Student Initiative) while studying abroad at LSE (Actually, I co-founded it and now am on the Board of Directors), and was wondering if you could help me pass along a great opportunity to any people, organizations, groups or listservs (particularly university student groups) who you think … Read More >>
Published By Leslie Forman on November 16, 2009
“Why would borrowers in Nicaragua protest against microfinance?” my friend Michael asked me a few days ago. Michael and I both majored in Latin American Studies at Berkeley. His email re-ignited my excitement for microfinance in Latin America. When I was studying abroad in Chile I interned with an organization called Accion Emprendedora, which sparked my interest in the intersection between business and social good. Michael sent me this fascinating … Read More >>