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The Potential and Limits of Microfinance in Post-Conflict Countries

Event Start DateTuesday, March 30, 2010
Joan B. Kroc Instituet for Peace & Justice, Room D
Event Start Time1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CostCost: Free

In 1995, during a hiatus in the Liberian civil war, Bill Massaquoi founded the Local Enterprise Assistance Program LEAP (or LEAP), Liberia’s first and largest microfinance organization.  The war began anew in 1996, but Massquoi nevertheless served as CEO of this organization for the next eight years, raising more than $500,000 and serving more than 15,000 women with small short-term loans in the midst of unimaginable violence.  Since his tenure with LEAP, Massaquoi has gone on to do post-war reconstruction in Sierra Leone and his native Lofa County, Liberia with his new venture, Rebuild Africa.  He brings a keen sense of the local constraints and possibilities of microfinance in the post-war setting.

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Co-sponsored by the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, the Office of Community-Service Learning, Social Issues Committee, and the Responsible Enterprise Initiative.

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