The Microfinance Insider is a forum for graduate students engaged or interested in working in the field of microfinance. Through weekly posts and comments we hope to inspire students and foster the creation of a knowledge community of bloggers with a commitment to financial access and first hand industry information.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Upcoming Microfinance Events in New York

Summer seems perpetually just around the corner. Solution? Escape the humidity and dreary evening thunderstorms at the following microfinance events. Bring your friends!

Monday, June 15
Location: Clemente Soto Velez center, 107 Suffolk St (at Rivington)
Join Kiva and ACCION USA for an evening of entertainment and networking! The event will include live music, a silent auction, raffle prizes, and a food & drink cash bar. View the invitation here. A "blender" is an event in which two organizations come together to explore their common goal of raising awareness about microfinance and the impact of microloans on the lives of entrepreneurs.

Please RSVP to

Thursday, June 18
Microfinance in Our Midst: A Path to Economic Independence in New York
Location: TBA
Presented by the Microfinance Club of New York (MFCNY) and Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM), this panel discussion brings together representatives of diverse financial institutions, ranging from small business loans (SeedCo Financial), community development credit unions (Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union), group lending programs (Grameen America), diversified lending and economic development organizations (The Business Center for New Americans), as well as the Empire State Development Corporation, which supports lending and asset building programs across the state.

This panel is packed with microfinance experts! Moderated by Daniel Delehanty, Vice President of Community Development Banking at Capital One Bank, panelists include: Edwin Hong, Senior Vice President, Seedco Financial; Leslie Kane, Vice President of Strategy and Finance, Grameen America; Jeffrey Metzler, Vice President of Economic Empowerment, Empire State Development Corporation; Samira Rajan, CEO, Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union; Yanki Tshering, Executive Director, Business Center for New Americans.

Panelists will outline the relative differences between the domestic and international microfinance sector. They will consider questions like:
-What is the profile and needs of the underserved community which they target?
-What services do they provide (both financial and non-financial) and what is their impact?
-What are the relative advantages and challenges of their business structure?
-How has the current economic crisis affected their business structure?
-Is their business sustainable?

Please RSVP to Please include your name, company name, and membership status.

Fee: MFCNY and WAM members-free; non-members-$10

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