Celebrate Kiva’s 7th Birthday with the Seattle Lending Team on October 22nd

What: Kiva’s 7th Birthday Celebration Where: Elephant & Castle @ Red Lion Hotel 1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 When:  October 22nd from 6:30-9:30pm Details: A casual gathering for Kiva lenders and those interested in learning more about Kiva. Food and drinks will be available for purchase through Elephant & Castle. We’ll have lending stations, … [Read more…]

Zidisha Turns Microfinance on its Head

While conducting fieldwork for a microfinance organization in West Africa in 2006, Zidisha Microfinance founder Julia Kurnia noticed something startling. Loans that were funded at zero interest by well-meaning participants at popular microlending websites were costing the impoverished beneficiaries more than 35% on average in interest and fees. The exorbitant rates were charged by the local intermediary organizations that administered … [Read more…]

Global Partnerships Magnified: October 25th

Please join Global Partnerships for wine, nibbles and a dynamic conversation with CEO Rick Beckett. Rick will provide an in-depth look at the stories and impact behind GP’s work and discuss GP’s new focus on innovative solutions beyond microfinance, such as women’s health education, agricultural training for small-scale coffee farmers and green technology that improves … [Read more…]

BRAC offers 2 week professional development program

BRAC’s two week professional development course, titled “Financial Services for the Poor” will be held in Bangladesh from February 3rd through 17th, includes field visits, and is open to motivated microfinance professionals or those interested in pursuing a career in microfinance. For more information, visit: http://www.allianceforum.org/english/developing/microfinance/mfpro-info.html

The Global Implications of India’s Microcredit Crisis: May 9th

Global Washington is hosting a discussion with microcredit experts on the current crisis in India, its causes, and its implications for the microfinance industry worldwide. Many experts are considering the current crisis India to be microfinance’s most serious challenge in the industry’s short history.The government of Andhra Pradesh proposed an ordinance that would place strict … [Read more…]

The Borgen Project’s 2010 Summer Bash

The Borgen Project is an innovative, national campaign that is bringing political attention to global poverty. Join a diverse crowd, ranging from college students to diplomats at The Borgen Project’s 2010 Summer Bash. The event is Thursday, August 5th at The Triple Door in Downtown Seattle. Doors open at 6PM and tickets can be purchased online … [Read more…]

Microfinance for Institutional Investors: Conference in DC September 21-23

We’re delighted to announce a new partnership between SeaMo and Microfinance for Institutional Investors, a new microfinance conference coming to Washington DC. Running from 21st to 23rd September 2009 it will bring together investors, pension & family funds, university endowments and industry experts from across the globe to analyze the next generation of microfinance investments. … [Read more…]

Recap of SeaMo Presents: Kiva

On Thursday night, over 600 people came to Town Hall to hear Matt Flannery, the CEO and Co-Founder of Kiva.org, speak about the history of the organization and to answer questions about his plans for the organization’s future. “For years, people have been touting the importance of connecting microfinance to the global economic system. However, … [Read more…]

Microfinance and Microbrews: November 11th featuring the Bill & Melinds Gates Foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor

SeaMo is pleased to announce November’s Microfinance and Microbrews at Spitfire (2219 Fourth Avenue, Seattle) on Tuesday, November 11th beginning at 5:30pm. This month we are featuring Evelyn Stark, Senior Program Officer in the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Evelyn recently joined the foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor office, … [Read more…]