Annual Microfinance Summit

Join us on April 19, 2016, for an evening event featuring academics, local microfinance practitioners and entrepreneurs who will discuss trends in the microfinance industry, the process of lending and how to find jobs in the industry. Visit the San Diego Microfinance Alliance website to learn more about this event.

Meet the Experts and Entrepreneurs
April 19, 4-7 p.m.
Rough Draft Brewery

Previous Summits

2015 San Diego Microfinance Summit: Client Centricity: Promoting Fairness and Transparency to Empower Microfinance Entrepreneurs

The 2015 San Diego Microfinance Summit was held at the University of San Diego and explored current challenges and innovation in microfinance, focusing on best practices in prioritizing the need of clients.  The event featured Alex Rizzi, Deputy Director, The Smart Campaign, as a keynote speaker, and included a marketplace showcasing local microfinance clients' goods.

2014 San Diego Microfinance Summit: Expanding Horizons of Microfinance 

The 2014 San Diego Microfinance Summit featured Larry Reed, director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign. He has worked for more than 25 years in designing, supporting and leading activities and organizations that empower impoverished people to transform their lives and their communities. For most of that time Reed worked with Opportunitiy International, including five years as their Africa regional director and eight years as the first CEO of the opportunity International Network.   
Review the 2014 sessions:

Opening Remarks

Morning Panel Session

Afternoon Plenary Session

The University of San Diego's Ahlers Center for International Business is a partner of the San Diego Microfinance Alliance (SDMFA), 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.