04 May 2007

Social Entrepreneurs: Penn's Microfinance Conference

Last month, I joined my friends at Green Microfinance at the University of Pennsylvania's Microfinance Club's first conference, "Microfinance: Poverty's Macro Solution?" (A microfinance club? What a cool idea). Elizabeth Israel, co-founder and President of Green Microfinance, and Abhishek Lal were part of a panel on the environmental impacts of microfinance. GMf has been developing a set of Guiding Principles for
Microenterprise and Environment
. (More on that later.)

Keynote speakers at the Penn conference included Mary Ellen Iskenderian, the CEO and President of Women's World Banking, and Alex Counts, CEO and President of the Grameen Foundation. Here's a link to an account of the conference, including main points: Microfinance 2.0

Penn's Microfinance Club also promises to provide updated materials on its website, but we know how the best laid plans of mice and men often turn out...here is the link: Microfinance Club

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