I’m looking forward to attending this World Vision event next Tuesday night in Lake Oswego, put on by Women of Vision. “Equipping the Entrepreneuial Poor” will be held February 17th from 7-9pm at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church (1855 Southshore Boulevard). It’s to be “a lively panel presentation and a discussion on Microenterprise Development” featuring a World Vision staff member and several local bankers involved with World Vision’s microlending program.
Microenterprise, or micro-lending, is at the heart of many of Bambootique’s artisan cooperatives. Millions of people in the developing world make their income from small businesses. Over the last few decades micro-lending has vastly changed the business landscape for microentrpreneurs by providing them an alternative to loansharks. Sometimes all it takes is a small loan of $20, $100 or $500 to help a small business owner take their business to the next level, boosting their family out of poverty.
Learn more about the successes of microenterprise here.