Women and Microfinance: What is the Impact?

Date: 7 March 2024
Time: 12:00
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 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.

Tara Sabre Collier, Practice Lead for Climate and Private Sector Engagement at Chemonics UK

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Tara Sabre Collier, Practice Lead for Climate and Private Sector Engagement at Chemonics UK

Tara Sabre Collier, Practice Lead for Climate and Private Sector Engagement at Chemonics UK

Tara is the Practice Lead for Climate and Private Sector Engagement at Chemonics UK. A sustainable finance advisor to governments and development finance institutions, Tara also leads the Chemonics UK-led MOBILIST policy platform and is the Director of Impacting Investing and Sustainable Finance at Chemonics UK.

Tara has more than 15 years of experience in impact investing, international development, and corporate strategy. In addition to advising other impact investors and funds, Tara is a visiting fellow at Said Business School, Oxford University. Most recently, she was the gender lead at Shell Foundation. Before that, Tara worked for and with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the United Nations, Ernst & Young, and GroFin Capital. Tara has worked with governments, investors, entrepreneurs and local businesses in the U.S.A., U.K., U.A.E., Qatar, South Africa, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, Peru, Tanzania, Angola, Mozambique, and several other emerging markets.

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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