March 30, 2013, Philadelphia, USA
Now in its seventh year, the Penn Microfinance Conference brings together professionals, academics, students, and organizations that seek to discuss and learn about the present and future impact of microfinance in our world. The theme of this year’s conference is Di-ver-si-MFI-ca-tion: The New Landscape of Microfinance. In wake of increased regulation, ethical crises, and the commercialization of microfinance, diversification has become a critical component for the survival and sustainability of microfinance. Discussions will explore how MFIs are diversifying their offerings and business models, how the microfinance industry will sustain itself given these changes, and the way microfinance is adjusting to mainstream finance. In addition, finalists of Pitch For Impact, the elevator pitch contest co-organized by Penn Microfinance and PennSEM, will present their business ideas at the conference. Sergio Guzmán, Lead Specialist at the Smart Campaign, is among conference presenters.