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Saving for Citizenship

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Microfinance, CA Conference

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$10 Million

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Opportunity Funders

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Microfinance, CA Conference

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In May 2009, Opportunity Fund hosted a first-of-its-kind conference on microfinance in California. We engaged the state’s business owners, policymakers, practitioners, and investors in discussions about and demonstrations of microfinance strategies and practices unique to the United States. Microfinance, CA raised the profile of microfinance as a powerful tool to combat intergenerational poverty here in California. Participants were inspired by high-quality, informative, and innovative presentations and impressed by the extensive knowledge of our diverse panel of presenters. Client tours gave many attendees the opportunity to enjoy the hands-on experience of visiting local entrepreneurs and seeing microfinance in action. The energy and enthusiasm behind this first-time conference solidified Opportunity Fund’s reputation as a leader in the field of domestic microfinance, and underscored the need for a broader conference in 2010- Stay tuned for Microfinance USA!

AT-A-GLANCE

Big Demand for Microfinance, CA

Microfinance, CA

Number of attendees: Over 500

Number of people participating: Over 50 presenters and 13 sessions

Location: Stanford University

Special Features: Tours of microentrepreneurs in the Bay Area and small group networking dinners

Highlight: Keynote speaker John Stumpf, CEO of Wells Fargo

Feedback: 90% of surveyed attendees said they would attend again

TESTIMONIALS

quote Engaging, delightful, informative, and very impressively managed on every level.”

-Hilary Abell, Executive Director, WAGES

quote Microfinance CA was a tour de force.”

-Bob Friedman, Founder, CFED

quote I found it an excellent event and I was amazed that it was the first of its kind.”

-Bob Annibale, Global Director, Citi Microfinance

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PRESS

CNN interviews our microentrepreneurs
June 11, 2009
CNN interview
CBS interviews our microentrepreneurs
May 28, 2009
CBS interview