Friday, January 28, 2011

Microfinance for Student Loans: Giving Youth a Little Credit : UC Berkeley, Feb 24

I am a big fan of this topic ... super cool event!

The next Silicon Valley Microfinance Network Speaker Event on Thurs, Feb 24 @Blum Center for Developing Economies, Blum Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, CA.


photo: Blum Hall, UC Berkeley campus

The event will feature Kushal Chakrabarti (Co-Founder & CEO, Vittana), Michelle Kreger (Regional Director for Francophone Africa and the Middle East, Kiva) and Noga Leviner (General Manager, Lumni), as they discuss the challenges, successes and future landscape of the new frontier of harnessing microfinance for students loans, both in the US and abroad.

Industry leaders are leveraging debt and equity-like investments as well as P2P lending models to provide youth (both in the US and abroad) with the tools necessary to pursue higher education. As a result, the student-loan market has experienced explosive growth. SVMN is proud to present this unique opportunity to hear the nation's leaders talk about the rise of using microloans for education and answer your questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


Register early! Online registration closes the day of the event. At-the-door admission is $10 more. Tickets are limited! Speaker bios also listed on the evite.

1 comment:

  1. I think that this an untapped opportunity in the US. I am trying to convince some of Penn State's many loyal alumni to contribute to a microloan fund that would regenerate as loans are repaid. The loans would supplement other financial aid and be available only to students who qualify for aid under normal guidelines.

    The program is described at: http://giveto.psu.edu/s/1218/index.aspx?sid=1218&gid=1&pgid=739

    Tom Sharbaugh
    Tomsharbaugh@gmail.com

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