Early this November, our very own Executive Directors spoke at the Lend for America Summit in Washington DC! Here is what Ian McGroarty ’17 had to say:
Speaking at Lend for America was one the greatest experiences of my college life. Presenting the Mapping Microfinance Project, enabled me to engage with a passionate community, discussing the project I am so enthasiastic about.
Late may of last semester, my summer plans to go abroad fell through and I was desperate for work. Like an angel, Professor Shannon Mudd came to me with a project and I was of course eager to help. The goal was to create a usable map of business development resources that would allow small business owners to find the services they need. The summer months were difficult, but I had so much fun and by August, we had created something to be very proud of. I soon recognized the potential for out map to help not only business owners in the Philadelphia area but business owners throughout the country. After a phone call with Raheem Parpia, the Director of LFA, I secured the opportunity to present this project to Microfinance clubs from Claremont, CA to Lexington, VA.
My presentation went very smoothly with a few minor hiccups. Many students and professionals had questions and seemed very excited about the project. The remainder of the conference was a blur, a mix of excitement, exhaustion, work and play. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.
You can learn more about the Mapping Microfinance Project by visiting the Project site ds.haverford.edu/mappingmicrofinance.
Learn more about Lend For America by visiting their site http://www.lendforamerica.org/.