Women and Microfinance: What is the Impact?

Date: 07/03/2024
Time: 17:00
Location: Online on Zoom

This International Women's Day explore how microfinance services can create lasting change and learn the metrics that drive transformation.

Women and Microfinance: What is the Impact?

Join us for an informative and candid conversation on the disproportionate challenges facing women and how these challenges can be mitigated with gender smart solutions.

We will dive deep into the heart of microfinance, unraveling its significance, and spotlighting the ways microfinance institutions empower women. Across the globe, women earn less, own less, and remain disproportionately vulnerable to poverty comparing to men. Women are more likely to be excluded from the financial mainstream and are less likely to have access to credit or training.

Philanthropists and impact investors want to understand the issues that need to be addressed and how they can quantify the impact of their support. Please join experts from 60 Decibels, MicroVest, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and MicroLoan Foundation to uncover key questions on the minds of donors and impact investors.

Be part of the conversation that promises insights, inspiration, and a roadmap for a brighter tomorrow!

Our Speakers

Jack Ngoma, CEO of MicroLoan Foundation Zambia

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Jack Ngoma, CEO of MicroLoan Foundation Zambia

Jack Ngoma, CEO of MicroLoan Foundation Zambia

Jack is responsible for implementing strategic plans for Zambia operations, identifying partnership opportunities, and developing the local team. Under his leadership the organisation has grown into the second largest MFI in Zambia. Active clients numbers have quadrupled reaching over 54,000. He has secured new investments and the loan book has grown 5 times to over $4 million. Jack has instilled a culture of innovation and MicroLoan Zambia is the only truly digital financial service provider for poor households. He has spearheaded the introduction of mobile money services increasing efficiency, profitability and social impact as a result. Jack has vast experience in the microfinance sector and is a champion of gender equality and social justice.

Devin Olmack, Microfinance Index Lead at 60 Decibels

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Devin Olmack, Microfinance Index Lead at 60 Decibels

Devin Olmack, Microfinance Index Lead at 60 Decibels

Devin leads the Microfinance Index Initiative at 60 Decibels. She is passionate about financial inclusion and gender equality at the intersection of impact measurement and international development. Prior to 60 Decibels, she worked on monitoring and evaluation teams at the United States Institute of Peace and at Development Alternatives Incorporated, on Randomized Control Trials in Kenya, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador.

Alejandra Perez Cohen, Senior Investment Officer at MicroVest

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Alejandra Perez Cohen, Senior Investment Officer at MicroVest

Alejandra Perez Cohen, Senior Investment Officer at MicroVest

Alejandra is a dynamic Senior Investment Officer at MicroVest in Mexico City, with over 20 years of experience in banking and development finance across global markets.

Formerly a key leader at the International Finance Corporation’s Financial Institutions Group, she has a proven track record of driving impactful investments throughout Central America. Now, at MicroVest, she spearheads the Latin America portfolio, orchestrating pipeline development, underwriting, transactions, and client relationships with finesse.

Cara Myers, Program Officer for Gender Data and Evidence at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Cara Myers, Program Officer for Gender Data and Evidence at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Cara Myers, Program Officer for Gender Data and Evidence at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Cara currently focuses on generating data and evidence for increasing women’s income and agency in sub-Saharan Africa at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is also a Co-founder and Director of Development and Innovation at the Mozambique School Lunch Initiative (MSLI). Cara is passionate about systems change to address complex problems, particularly among children and youth in Mozambique. In parallel to her work with MSLI, Cara has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, specifically with the Global Poverty and Equity Practice in Mozambique and Uganda. She has also worked as a Research Associate for Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya, led independent research as a Fulbright Research Fellow in Brazil, and worked on livelihood development programs for Samaritan’s Purse in Mozambique.

Steve Mark, Chair of MicroLoan Foundation USA

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Steve Mark, Chair of MicroLoan Foundation USA

Steve Mark, Chair of MicroLoan Foundation USA

Steve serves as Board Chair for MicroLoan Foundation USA, the US arm of the MicroLoan Foundation. He also is head of the Strategic Accounts team at Fidelity Charitable, the USA's leading Donor Advised Fund. Steve is experienced in non-profit board leadership, focused on SDG goals to reduce poverty, create gender equality, and create decent work and employment. His efforts are focused on providing financial literacy training, business mentoring, and micro lending to women in sub-Saharan Africa.

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