April 17th Meeting Recap: Impact Investing – Pioneering Past, Promising Future

By SVMN Volunteer Monica Oyarzun On April 17, 2013, SVMN had the honor and privilege of welcoming Michael Schlein, President and CEO of ACCION, to discuss the organization’s history along with its strategies for future economic and social impact among base of the pyramid (BoP) populations.  During this discussion, Schlein emphasized the themes of hope, […]

March 28th Meeting Recap – Beneficial Banking: Are YOUR Bank Deposits Changing the World?

By SVMN Volunteers Daniel Brett and Andrea Kochenderfer You donate to charities, buy locally-sourced organic food, and volunteer with a non-profit, but do you know where your money spends the night? If you did, would you be proud? Most people do not think about their money playing a tangible role within the amorphous global financial system, […]

February 21st Meeting Recap: “Microfinance in 2013: Where Are We Now?”

By SVMN Volunteer Esther Alcaina On Thursday, February 21st, SVMN hosted the event “Microfinance in 2013: Where are We Now?”. Featured speaker Tilman Ehrbeck presented his view on where the sector is today and what opportunities are ahead of us. We were extremely honored to have Mr. Ehrbeck, CEO of CGAP, the world’s leading policy and […]

September 18th Meeting Recap – “Impact Investing: Under the Hood”

Impact Investing: Under the Hood hosted by SVMN  Event Recap by Colette Kessler, SVMN Volunteer “This is your network and I want to be responsive to your needs,” said Kate DeYoe, introducing her first event as the Director of the SVMN. The subsequent panel certainly exemplified this commitment.  Impact investing is an increasingly popular approach […]

February 27th Meeting Recap – The Gates Foundation on Microfinance

The Gates Foundation on Microfinance Hosted by SVMN       Event recap written by SVMN Volunteer, Monica Oyarzun On Mondy, February 27th, The Silicon Valley Microfinance Network hosted Jake Kendall, head of the Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) Initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Victoria Barret, Associate Editor at Forbes Magazine, […]

January 12th Meeting Recap – A Conversation with Author David Roodman

A Conversation with David Roodman Author of Due Diligence: An impertinent inquiry into microfinance Hosted by SVMN Event recap written by SVMN Volunteer Julie Menezes The SVMN event on January 12th featured Economist David Roodman of the Center for Global Development. Roodman discussed his new book, Due Diligence: an impertinent inquiry into microfinance, and how […]