You can’t grow money on trees, but you can plant seeds that grow into money. GB Panama hosts their annual Community Bank Empowerment Summit and watches Community Banks thrive.
Beyond the chance to develop the Microfinance Brigades (MFB) program amongst a fascinating group of MF professionals from 13 different countries; MFB also found the ideal MFB Brigade Coordinator out of a Grameen Bank intern at the time. Several months after this opportune meeting half-way around the world in Bangladesh, Global Microfinance Brigades welcomes Romain Testard to the Honduras team!
“He wants us to use what we learn in the classroom to reach out to the world around us. This project is revealing in that we aren’t just here to get credit for school. We are able to use our abilities in everyday life…” –Farewell High School student, Ivy Whitmore
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This time the 7-mile treacherous road is the easy part for 12 aspiring community microfinance leaders
…12 members of the Pajarillos community, aged 20-60, with an average of only 3rd grade level of education, all eagerly aspiring to create their own community microfinance bank. Their own “caja rural” microfinance bank can give them the means to finance microenterprise endeavors and pull themselves out of poverty. I can’t describe the excited emotion filling that bus -both within the community members and myself.
So I’ve finally discovered why administrators are always complaining about having to interview applicants for job positions, it’s exhausting. Daisy, Hiral, Jon and myself have spent the last week identifying communities that might be appropriate for our pilot run of Community Health Workers (CHWs from now on to save on typing). We decided that we […]
If it weren’t for Dr. Muhammad Yunus and believe it or not John Stewart, I probably would not be where I am today: fulfilling my dreams, living and working to alleviate poverty in rural Honduras. The only way to even begin to describe the magnitude of this encounter for me today at the Grameen Bank HQ in Bangladesh, is with the story of how I came to be the Global Business Brigades Country Director in Honduras…
Sustainable development. During my business education and my relatively short time here in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (I am in week two of a three month internship), I have heard this term more times than I am able to count and yet when I sat down to write a blog about it, I realized that my knowledge […]