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Microfinance is Missing Equity

Steven Atamian May 4, 2021

The chat would hypothesize the evolution of microfinance to microequity. Specifically it would discuss the impact potential of moving away from just  lending to small businesses in frontier economies, but purchasing equity and creating long-term liquidity opportunities for microentrepreneurs. We would present a case study on how Eskala is working with the Honduran government to change a law to allow for direct investment in rural community banks (caja rurales). The chat would highlight leading organizations who are making this shift, the reasons behind it, and offer an intimate Q&A for critique.


Fireside Chat

Meta Themes

  • Sustainable Development

  • Impact Investing


microfinance, equity investing in frontier economies, community asset building

Purpose and Desired Outcome

To broaden the thinking of microfinance institutions to begin dialog around how microequity can be incorporated in their strategies or draw in impact investors who are more philosophically aligned to equity investing as opposed to lending to solve UNSDGs.


  • Asset Managers

  • Academia

  • Corporate & SME

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)


  • NameSteven Atamian
  • TitleCo-Founder & President
  • OrganizationEskala
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameDr. Shital Vora
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationGlobal Brigades
  • StatusConfirmed
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