Elon Offers Winter Term Microfinance Class


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 charris24@elon.edu, or visit him in his office in room 202 at the Koury Business Center.

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