Announcement

September 30: A Virtual Discussion on the Role of Microfinance in Fighting Poverty

New Results from MDRC’s Evaluation of the Grameen America Microfinance Program

09/2020


Photo courtesy of Grameen America

Join us for an in-depth analysis and conversation around the impacts of microfinance in fighting poverty.

September 30, 2020
11 am-12 noon (ET)

In partnership with Grameen America and with support from Robin Hood, MDRC and a group of experts discuss the new results of a random assignment evaluation of Grameen America’s microfinance program. In the Union City, NJ, site in MDRC’s study, Grameen America supports predominantly Latina entrepreneurs seeking to launch or expand small businesses — a community disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier findings showed that through six months of follow-up, Grameen America participants were more likely to operate their own businesses and establish credit scores and were less likely to experience material hardship than women in a control group. Panelists will explore what MDRC has learned after 18 months of follow-up to better understand the role microfinance can play in reducing poverty and increasing economic opportunity.

Featuring:

  • Richard Hendra, Director, MDRC Center for Data Insights
  • Marcus Berkowitz, Vice President, Technology and Innovation, Grameen America
  • Amanda Stern, Senior Program Officer, Robin Hood
  • John Herrera, Senior Vice President for Latino/Hispanic Affairs, Self-Help Credit Union
  • Jonathan Morduch, Executive Director of the Financial Access Initiative, Wagner School of Public Service, New York University
  • Lisa Servon, Chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives
  • Moderator: John Martinez, Director of Program Development, MDRC

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Made possible with support from Robin Hood.