The Kuelap Fortress is one of the oldest manmade structures in South America.
For the second time in three years, Elon Microfinance Initiative is co-sponsoring a Winter Term study abroad course in 2015. The course, entitled Micro-Finance Sustainable Agriculture (GST 470) will involve in-class sessions at Elon and a 9-day adventure in Peru. Associate Professor of Finance Chris Harris is leading the class.
Students will meet on campus for the first week of class, then travel to one of the most diverse countries in South America for more than a week. Students will visit several farms that receive microloans, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, and the Kuelap Fortress which was built in the 6th Century AD, on the top of a mountain, using more stone than the Egyptian pyramids. This course is partnering with The Arbor Day Foundation, who is providing the funds for the micro-lending.
This course will be very unique in terms of the material covered, and based on the fact it is a course that is part of a larger lending program. Professor Harris hopes to attract a diverse array of students from different academic backgrounds.
Elon Microfinance Initiative previously sponsored a class during Winter Term of 2013. EMI faculty advisor Mark Kurt led Global Entrepreneurship Ventures, a class that travelled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to form a strategic partnership with Nuestras Huellas, an Argentinian microfinance institution.
Students interested in the program should contact Dr. Harris via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit him in his office in room 202 at the Koury Business Center.
Yeisón Andres lives in the central Colombian village of Norcasia. Yeisón is a man who found his passion in the kitchen. A month ago, he initiated his project of selling food products, and today he is grateful for having found an entity that can provide him with a loan and trust him and his business.
He wants to take out a loan to buy a stove, tables and chairs to offer a new service to his clients and have something resembling a restaurant.
Thus far he only tends to the one location, but he wants to generate business and trusts in the flavor of his dishes. He asks that you support his business and collaborate in gathering the loan, as he wants to transmit in his dishes the passion and love he feels for this profession.
In support of Yeisón Andres and his business dreams, Elon Microfinance Initiative loaned $25 in September 2014.
Elon Microfinance Initiative is proud to announce the creation of a new lending team on Kiva.org. The Elon University Kiva Team will unite Elon University students, professors, and student clubs to raise money for entrepreneurs around the world. Elon University is committed to developing “global citizens” and we are confident that this is a way to learn more about the many types of businesspersons around the world. More than 1 billion people live on less than $1/day, and making a loan of just $25 can make a lifetime impact on a buisiness.
Take Elvira for instance. Sheis a hardworking entrepreneur who has a motorcycle transport business in the Philippines. She lives in Cordova in Cebu province, a small city of about 53,000 people. She is borrowing $375 through Kiva to purchase spare parts for the maintenance of her motorcycle. Elvira has been in this business for five years. She earns additional income from buying and selling peanut butter.
Elvira has been sustaining her business activities through her own efforts with the help of the loans from Kiva. She dreams of building and expanding her business to secure the future of her family.
With a contribution of just $25, you can join Elon Microfinance Initiative in promoting and sustaining Elvira’s business for the thousands of people in Cordova that rely on her. Think about what $25 can do for someone like Elvira.