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Category Archives: US
Published By Jerry Ostradicky on June 4, 2009
Our friends at SeaMo are throwing another great Microfinance and Microbrews event this month with Unitus.Â Ed Bland, the President of Unitus, as well as members of the senior management and board, will be there for an evening of networking and an update on their expansion into East Africa.Â Unfortunately I missed the last Microfinance and Microbrews event, but the two before that were really fun and were a great … Read More >>
I hear of microfinance stories from all over the world, but very rarely do I hear stories from the US.Â The National had a great article about microfinance in the US.Â It gives some real life stories of people from Queens who have benefited from microfinance loans.
As the Obama administration has taken over, I have begun to wonder what role microfinance initiatives will take amongst the new leadership. On January 13 current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton included statements on microfinance in her speech at the Senate Confirmation Hearing.Â Clinton declared: Today more than two billion people worldwide live on less than $2 a day. They are facing rising food prices and widespread hunger. Calls … Read More >>
Microcapital.org recently wrote a great article about the life of Barack Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro.Â With ties to USAID, the Ford Foundation, Bank Rakyat, Women’s World Banking and the Asian Development Bank, we can only hope that Barack will follow in his mother’s footsteps and support microfinance.
Published By Jerry Ostradicky on August 6, 2008
Last night I attended SeaMO’s event, Microfinance and Microbrews, which is a great bi-monthly networking event held in Seattle that the SeaMO puts on. Not only did I get to hear some great stories from Lea Werbel about the Grameen’s Village phone, I got to meet some great people who are as equally interested in microfinance. I recommend that other people around the country involved with microfinance think about putting … Read More >>