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Presenting at the Lend For America Summit!

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 […]

Help Our First Kiva Client!

In the late fall of this past year, Haverford Microfinance Consulting (HMFC) was officially approved as a Kiva-Zip Trustee and able to endorse entrepreneurs on Kiva Zip’s zero-interest-loan crowd-funding platform. The students of HMFC searched throughout the Fall and Spring semesters to identify good candidates to support and, through a Kiva Zip representative, were introduced to […]

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LFA Conference: Advice on Getting Jobs and Internships in the Social Sector

There are several workshops in the summit talking about getting jobs and internships, especially for the entry-level positions. Several business leaders in the social sectors introduced their experiences and advices for newcomers. One workshop is called “Your Dream Job: The Social Sector Search”. A Yale Alumna introduced her suggestions of job searches and interview tips. […]

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LFA Conference: Using Data to Measure Effectiveness

Five club members were fortunate enough to attend the 2014 Lend for America Summit that was held this past weekend at UC Berkley. This was my first time attending this annual microfinance conference, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had sessions for campus MFIs at all different stages. For HMFC, the Proving […]

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LFA Conference Take-Aways

This was my second time attending the annual Lend for America conference, so while the sessions were informative and helpful, discussions with leaders in between the sessions provided insightful advice more specific to where our club is at the moment. The opportunity to network and share information in person with leaders who have faced and […]

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LFA Conference: Reading Critical Underwriting Documents

When underwriting a small loan, we will need to evaluate a client’s current financial status. Besides application and dialogues with the client, three official documents, credit report, pay stubs and bank statement are usually taken into consideration as an objective and quantitative measurement of the business income. Credit Report: Credit report gives MFIs a general […]

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LFA Conference: Client Communication

Client communication is a big issue in loan application. In the meeting, speakers mentioned several points that we need to pay attention to particularly during our talk with the client. The first one is that we need to build the trust with our client. This is the first step and a very important step to […]

Access to Finance: Making Finance Work for Africa

Access to finance refers to the availability of financial services – in the form of deposits, credit, payments, or insurance – to individuals or enterprises. The availability of such services can be constrained for instance by physical access, affordability or eligibility. In Africa, on average, less than 20 percent of households have access to formal […]

Lend for Philly Competition

Carter Road Capital is currently involved in the Lend for Philly competition. This is a Philadelphia-wide initiative to map the finance needs of small businesses in Philadelphia. Lend for Philly currently includes 9 local colleges and universities, including Haverford, Villanova, Drexel, Temple, and UPenn. The Lend for Philly competition will be remapping much of the city […]