The San Diego Microfinance Summit


San Diego Microfinance Summit to be Held April 28

When: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 8:15 am—4:30pm
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on the campus of the University of San Diego.
For directions and parking information, click here.

The conference will highlight the local and international work of San Diego’s microfinance organizations

Keynote Speaker:  Yeardley Smith, award-winning actor, novelist, and avid supporter of microfinance

Yeardley Smith is an Emmy award-winning actor, novelist and playwright who is best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson on the Emmy award winning television series The Simpsons.  She is passionate about microfinance.   As a donor and volunteer, she is  partnering with Grameen Foundation on a special initiative geared toward expanding microcredit and related services to those living on less than a dollar a day.  Yeardley will share her perspectives and experiences visiting with women in Haiti, both pre- and post-earthquake and address the impact of microfinance.

Participating Organizations:
ACCIÓN San Diego, CDC Small Business Finance, Foundation for Women, Grameen Foundation, International Rescue Committee, La Maestra, Opportunity International, the Center for International Development at Point Loma Nazarene University, Project Concern International, San Diego State University College of Business Administration, the Ahlers Center for International Business at the University of San Diego, and VIA International.

Early Bird Registration (Price
will increase after April 15th) : $38 for general public and $12 for students. The registration fees include lunch, which will be catered by local restaurateurs who are also current microfinance clients. To register, please click here.

Marketplace: In addition to eclectic and tasty food, there will be a marketplace where other microfinance clients will sell their wares and services. Among the expected vendors will be artisans, musicians and bakers.   


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The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

The Kroc IPJ at the University of San Diego is located at 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA, 92110. For directions and parking information, please go click here.