This week's topic is "The Power of Microfinance" led by Tom Eggert.
Tom Eggert is a senior lecturer in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He taught the first class on sustainable development on campus in 1994, and currently teaches classes on sustainability, corporate social responsibility and systems thinking. He was involved in the development, and served as the director of, the School of Business' Business, Environment & Social Responsibility graduate certificate program before moving to the Nelson Institute to teach classes for the sustainability certificate.
Following the Haitian earthquake in January, 2010, Tom Eggert, with the help of his students at UW Madison, worked to raise money to help individuals in Haiti recover from the devastating impacts of the earthquake. Instead of donating the money to a non-profit, they formed Wisconsin Microfinance to explore the role that access to capital could play in improving the quality of life of desperately poor individuals. These small loans (micro-loans) were offered by a partner in Haiti, with funding from the US. The program was designed using principles developed by Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank. The program was subsequently expanded to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda (known internationally as Typhoon Haiyan) destroyed major parts of the country. Lessons learned from Haiti were incorporated into program development in the Philippines.
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ACS is held at the Prairie Fire Coffeehouse in Union South from 2:30-4pm every Friday.
ACS is a facilitated weekly experience where you can engage in friendly conversations over different interactive themes presented each week.
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