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, […]

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 […]

December 6th Meeting Recap – Panel: Is Microfinance Dying?

SVMN Panel: Is Microfinance Dying? Featuring: Dr. Ruth Shapiro, Maya Chorengel, Sean Foote, Dr. Lamia Karim Tuesday, December 6th 2011 Panel Recap Written by SVMN Volunteer Elayna Yussen SVMN packed the house last Tuesday evening with a diverse speaker panel including Maya Chorengel of Elevar Equity, Sean Foote of Labrador Ventures and faculty at UC Berkeley […]

June 8th Meeting: Economic Empowerment for Women in Liberia

Economic Empowerment for Women in Liberia Featuring Chid Liberty of Made In: Liberia -June 8th, 2011- The next Silicon Valley Microfinance Network (SVMN) meeting will take place on Wednesday June 8th, 2011 and will feature Chid Liberty (Co-Founder of Liberty & Justice and Founder of Made In: Liberia) as he discusses his thriving, multi-national social enterprises.  […]

April 28th Meeting: “Financing Good” Featuring Jocelyn Wyatt & Chuck Slauther

Financing Good: How Partnerships Between Microfinance & Social Enterprises Benefit the Bottom of the Pyramid – Thursday, April 28th – The next Silicon Valley Microfinance Network (SVMN) meeting will take place on Thursday, April 28th, 2011 and will feature Jocelyn Wyatt, Co-Lead & Executive Director of IDEO and Chuck Slaughter, Founder & President of LivingGoods as […]

SVMN Presents Microfinance 201 Education Course

SVMN Education Course Microfinance 201: Cases in Microfinance Silicon Valley Microfinance Network (SVMN) is proud to offer “Microfinance 201: Cases in Microfinance (MF201)”.  During this course, Professor Sean Foote will lead a reflective, in-depth look at case studies on some of the most notable microfinance institutions in the industry, both within the United States and […]

February Speaker Event

Microfinance for Student Loans: Giving Youth a Little Credit! – Thursday, February 24th – The next SVMN Speaker Event on Thursday, February 24th at Blum Hall on the UC Berkeley campus feature Kushal Chakrabarti (Co-Founder & CEO, Vittana), Ben Elberger (Regional Director, Kiva) and Noga Leviner (Executive Director, Lumni USA), as they discuss the challenges, […]