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Katherine is a recent graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she studied International Business and French. She is currently working at a private equity firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Katherine loves to travel, and recently spent her summer volunteering in Mauritius.
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.
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Category Archives: Africa
Although mobile banking isn’t a new concept, it still blows me away how many banks and people around the world don’t have access to internet banking. I’ve always seen the positive side to mobile banking in terms of helping people have access to banking, but it was interesting reading this article about the National Microfinance Bank in Tanzania and how it’s … Read More >>
Very cool to see that Kiva has opened an office in Nairobi! Here’s a short video…
An estimated 1.28 million clients around the world use Sharia-compliant microfinance services, a four-fold increase since 2006, according to a Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) study released Wednesday April 3rd. Nearly a third of all institutions reported the launch of their Islamic microfinance operations in the last five years, and the number of providers offering these products has doubled since 2006. Ninety-two percent of Sharia-compliant loans are concentrated … Read More >>
The number of people around the world who have access to microcredit financing has fallen for the first time in 13 years, reflecting turmoil in the sector and fall out from the global financial crisis. The total number of people with access to microloans and other financial services fell by 10 million in 2011 compared to 2010. The sector had ballooned since the 1990s, reaching hundreds of millions of people and … Read More >>
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 >>
Published By Katherine Rodota on November 26, 2012
Who said you need a financial institution for microfinance? These ladies certainly don’t! About 160 kilometers outside the capital of the African nation Burkina Faso, a group of women have come together to form their own microcredit system. They raised the capital, and then spread it out to their members like a microfinance institution would do. The capital comes from and is returned to the actual beneficiaries of microfinance. The … Read More >>
Published By Drew Meyers on November 1, 2012
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 >>
Published By Katherine Rodota on October 25, 2012
Opportunity International has given us a quick and easy way to send young girls to school in the developing world! One hundred and thirty million young people around the world are not in school, and seventy percent of those children are girls. Additionally, when money gets tight in these regions, it’s usually girls who have to drop out of school first. When girls attend school, they have a better chance … Read More >>
Egypt’s National Bank for Development has allocated 200 million Egyptian pounds (about 32 million US dollars) to fund small and micro enterprises. All of these funding programs will be consistent with Islamic banking rules, as NBD is the only bank in Egypt that offers Islamic compliant microfinancing. NBD wants to provide financial services to the segment of the population that does not normally receive this kind of funding. In 1989, NBD … Read More >>
Late last week, Queen Rania of Jordan met with representatives of microfinance institutions currently operating in Jordan to discuss the successes and challenges of the industry. In Jordan, microfinance is growing rapidly, with more than 224,000 (predominantly women) active borrowers in the first half of 2012. The Queen emphasized the need for more coordination and cooperation among the Jordanian MFIs. The microfinance sector there is focused on increasing low-income families’ … Read More >>