... Motorbikes criss-crossing dirt roads armed with hand-held devices
... Rural farmers banking via cellphones
... Women logging online to track monthly sales from their food stalls
What do these scenes from developing countries have in common? Many of them are made possible by $470 million dollars in targeted microfinance grants from the Gates Foundation - enabling millions of people to leapfrog past old technologies on their way to gaining access to credit markets, safe banks, and reliable sources of funding.
This November, SeaMo hosts Vittana, the Seattle-based microfinance organization that is bringing student loans to the developing world through the power of person-to-person microfinance. Vittana CEO, Kushal Chakrabarti will be talking about “Education Microfinance: A New Generation of Borrowers.”
Time: Doors open at 5:30pm, presentation begins at 6:15