San Diego Microfinance Summit
2012 San Diego Microfinance Summit: Technology and Innovation
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Chris Dunford, Freedom from Hunger
Dunford is the past president of Freedom from Hunger, with over 35 years of rural development experience in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. He is a key architect of the innovative ‘Credit with Education’ model, a microfinance methodology combining savings, micro-loan and life skills education. He currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow, continuing to represent the organization and speak at conferences and gatherings.
The 4th annual San Diego Microfinance Summit is a full-day event that will feature high profile speakers from the microfinance industry, provides an opportunity to meet and support local microfinance clients, and offers the best microfinance networking of the year. Microfinance institutions and the small businesses they support are often challenged to accomplish more with fewer resources. Join us as we survey innovative microfinance models and explore new technologies that are being used to encourage business growth and create positive change in the San Diego community and beyond. This year’s event promises to offer fresh topics and new speakers as we focus on highlighting the innovative strategies contributing to positive microfinance efforts in the greater San Diego region.
The summit highlighted both international microfinance issues as well as the local micro-lending climate. Participants heard from both microfinance professionals and clients throughout the day, in addition to enjoying a catered lunch and an artisan marketplace provided by local clients who are financed by local microfinance organizations. Participants attended two engaging and informative breakout sessions in the afternoon, followed by a hosted mixer providing an opportunity to network with students, microfinance professionals, microfinance clients and more.
For more information about this summit or San Diego microfinance: http://sdmicrofinance.org/the-summit/2012-microfinance-summit/
This event was co-sponsored by the Ahlers Center for International Business as part of the San Diego Microfinance Alliance.
The San Diego Microfinance Alliance (SDMFA) is a consortium of local microfinance practitioners, donors, educators, students, and professionals. We are committed to raising the profile of microfinance in the San Diego region through a central organization that facilitates learning opportunities for the public, microfinance practitioners, and their clients. The Alliance brings one online location that offers information about the Alliances partner organizations, a central calendar of microfinance-related activities in San Diego, and collaborative tools designed for networking and practical use for those involved in local microfinance.