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The Promise of Microfinance: Using impact investing to break intergenerational cycles of poverty

Jesse Simmons June 28, 2022

Microfinance plays a key role in helping break the poverty cycle in emerging economies – and it’s important for impact investors interested in funding this issue to understand the nuances of how different microfinance organizations approach this challenge. In this session, we’ll host a conversation with several leaders in microfinance who will share a behind the scenes look at the industry. Attendees will learn about the different types of microfinance institutions, the programs, services, training, and resources developed to meet the needs of specific populations and geographies, the role impact capital can play in supporting microfinance initiatives, and how investors should consider evaluating the impact of this work.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital


Microfinance, inclusive financing, supporting women entrepreneurs in emerging economies

Purpose and Desired Outcome

The desire is to shed light on the nuanced microfinance industry - many investors think of big, global microfinance organizations - who play a critical role in this landscape, and who are also surrounded by a number of smaller, regionally focused innovators funding solutions in communities around the globe. It's important for impact investors to understand the landscape in order to make effective funding decisions. The outcome is both education about the industry as well as practical information investors can use to evaluate opportunities and impact going forward.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Government


  • NameJesse Simmons
  • TitleManaging Director, Research and Advisory
  • OrganizationCapShift
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameTBD
  • TitleTBD
  • OrganizationPotential invitees include speakers from WCCN, MCE Social Capital, Microvest and / or Trust for the Americas
  • StatusInvited
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