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Essay by Caitly Reynoso, Founder’s Scholarship Winner

November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013 By Caitly Reynoso (City College Academy of the Arts), Winner, Women’s World Banking’s Founder’s Scholarship (supported by NY Women’s Bond Club Being a junior and learning about different colleges and careers makes it hard for me to only be interested in one field, but in my eyes business is one of the few majors that will allow me…

A Final Recap of Building Women-Focused Finance

November 20, 2013

By Karen Miller, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer We just concluded our Building Women-Focused Finance: The Global Experience conference in Amman and we are so excited about the quality of the presenters and the level of engagement from the audience of over 300 people from around the world. As Mary Ellen Iskenderian, our president and CEO, said in her closing…

Building Women-Focused Finance: a recap of day 1

November 19, 2013

By Karen Miller, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer We have just concluded the first day of our best practices conference in Amman, Jordan for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, “Building Women-Focused Finance: the Global-Local Experience.” The agenda was packed with fascinating panels, bringing together Women’s World Banking staff, network members and industry experts to weigh in on…

Kicking off a women-focused finance conference in Amman

November 18, 2013

In less than 24 hours, Women’s World Banking will be kicking off its first conference for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in Amman, Jordan, “Building Women-Focused Finance: the Global-Local Experience.” The impetus for holding a women-focused finance conference in MENA could not be clearer: only 13% of women have a formal savings account with 4% of women…

Photo journal: exploring microfinance in India with Women’s World Banking

November 14, 2013

Our travel program recently returned from a ten day trip to India visiting our network members Ananya, FWWB, Ujjivan and SEWA Bank. One of the travelers shares his photo journal.

“He helps me:” a note on household dynamics in rural Malawi

November 11, 2013

November 11, 2013 By Hilary Nichols, Associate, Microfinance Products Driving down the dirt road after meeting with vegetable farmers just outside of Blantyre, Celina (Kawas, Manager, Research) and I remained shocked by what we heard from women that day. We had spent over a week learning about the financial situation and needs of rural, low-income women in Malawi while conducting…

The poor in the developed world need access to financial services too

November 5, 2013

November 5, 2013 By Julie Slama, Manager, Communications In an article that ran in the Times on October 28 (“Microcredit for Americans“), Jonathan Morduch made a bold statement, one we were glad to hear: Families in rural Africa are more like U.S. families than everyone wants to believe,” said Jonathan J. Morduch, the executive director of the Financial Access Initiative…

Lessons from Syria: building resilient microfinance leadership in the Middle East and North Africa

November 4, 2013

Around the end of August, the weeks leading up to the Women in Leadership program (WIL) in Jordan, my team was glued to the news watching the events unfolding in Egypt, Syria and across the Middle East. Egypt had called a state of emergency and the Syrian crisis had come to a head with reports of chemical weapons and talk…

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