Category Archives: Interview

In our quest to put a face to the microfinance industry and organize it into local communities, we’re profiling the individuals working to expand microfinance. Our next interview is with Genny Ghanimeh. Here’s a little bit more about her… 1) What do you do? I am the Founder of Pi Slice which is a social web based platform promoting social awareness and change, in partnership with MicroWorld from the PlanetFinance Group. Its … Read More >>

In our quest to put a face to the microfinance industry and organize it into local communities,, we’re profiling the individuals working to expand microfinance. Our fourth interview is with Dawn Kwan. Here’s a little bit more about her… 1) What do you do? I work for Vittana, a nonprofit based in Seattle that specializes in student micro-loans. We provide loans to students in developing countries to help them complete their higher … Read More >>

In our quest to put a face to the microfinance industry and organize it into local communities,, we’re profiling the individuals working to expand microfinance. Our third interview is with Melissa Furci. Here’s a little bit more about her… 1) What do you do? I am working with Esperanza International in the Dominican Republic as a Resident Intern in the communications department. 2) Why do you do what you do? After … Read More >>

In our quest to put a face to the microfinance industry and organize it into local communities, we’re going to profile the individuals working to expand microfinance. Our second interview is with Kayla Villnow. I’ve known Kayla for 15 years since I met her in high school, and she’s remained one of my closest friends ever since. In fact, she’s the primary reason I’m so passionate about microfinance’s role in alleviating … Read More >>

In our quest to put a face to the microfinance industry and organize it into local communities, we’re going to start profiling the individuals that work in it. Our first one is with Helen Lyttelton. Here’s a little bit more about her… 1) What do you do? I’m volunteer Programme Manager for Fundación En Vía, a microfinance non-profit based in Oaxaca, Mexico. 2) Why do you do what you do? … Read More >>

Head of Microfinance for BNP Paribas

Emmanuel De Lutzel, Head of Microfinance for BNP Paribas, sat down for an interview with Microfinance Focus to discuss the developments in the microfinance industry.  BNP Paribas now has invested over 150 million euros in this industry.  De Lutzel believes the industry is reconstructing itself and coming back to the “fundamentals” after struggling a bit over the last few years.  Additionally, he sees microfinance focusing more on livelihood finance, including … Read More >>

Interview with Belinda Florez, Project Manager, MFI Alliances and Initiatives in LAC from Habitat for Humanity on scaling up low cost housing in Latin America. Drawing on her expertise in low-cost housing product development, design and implementation, Belinda shared her thoughts on the role of MFIs as delivery channels for low cost housing. Ms. Florez , Manager of Microfinance Initiatives and Operations of Innovation Center of Shelter and Finance  in … Read More >>

Interview With Mr. Brij Mohan

The Open Government Partnership  is a global effort to make governments better. We all want more transparent, effective and accountable governments — with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their aspirations. But this work is never easy. In an interview with Maria Otero, formerly the CEO of ACCION International and now the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Rahim Kanani from Forbes discusses the Open … Read More >>

Bad Seeds Can Spoil Microfinance

Here’s an interesting video where Rupert Scofield and Sumant Bhatia discuss how Microfinance is great overall, but there are some bad seeds that have ruined its image:   Source: The Telegraph