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An Inside Look at the 6th Latin American Forum on Village Banks


Our team returned earlier this month from the 6th Latin American Village Banking Forum held this year in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Wonder what happened? Here’s a photo recap.

Who attended the conference?   

  • Mark Coffey, chief investment and operations officer
  • Lara Diaconu, vice president of GP’s Health Services Fund
  • Ricardo Visbal, vice president of portfolio management

You can learn more about our team here.

Here's what our team did:    

1. Met with current partners that also attended the conference and got updates from them

Monica Hernández de Phillips, executive director of our partner Fundación Alternativa, meeting with Mark Coffey.

Monica Hernández de Phillips, executive director of our partner Fundación Alternativa, met with Mark to discuss their ongoing efforts to incorporate education into their client services. Monica also shared with Mark that, “[We see] Global Partnerships as “distinct” among investors/lenders. [We] believe that GP is the lender that is most aligned with [our] philosophy.”

2. Conducted field visits with partners to see their impact in action

A loan officer (middle) from our partner, Fundación Alternativa, showed a client how to obtain a business permit for her grocery store.

Mark watched as a loan officer (middle) from our partner, Fundación Alternativa, showed a client how to obtain a business permit for her grocery store, pay taxes, and register employees. It’s important for microentrepreneurs to learn how to formalize their businesses in order to stay clear of legal fines for improper business operation. Business education like this, coupled with access to capital, is what enables the clients we serve through our partners to improve their livelihoods in a lasting way.

3. Met new potential partners

Mark speaking to many interested conference attendees that stopped by to learn more about GP.

Meeting new potential partners is an important aspect of our work, because it’s through partnerships that we’re able to serve people living in poverty. Mark spoke to many interested conference attendees that stopped by to learn more about GP.

 

Lara spoke with Dikson Herrera, CEO of Cooperativa El Buen Samaritano in Bolivia.

Lara spoke with Dikson Herrera, CEO of Cooperativa El Buen Samaritano in Bolivia, about GP's health services work.

 

Ricardo (far left) led a round-table discussion about GP’s work .

Ricardo (far left) led a round-table discussion about GP’s work. Attendees were interested to learn about GP, the types of partnerships we’re seeking, and the process of getting a loan.

 

Ricardo (right) speaking with Daniel Taborga, CEO of Porvenir.

Ricardo (right) spoke with Daniel Taborga, CEO of Porvenir, a microfinance institution (MFI) in Bolivia, about the legal regulation challenges that small MFIs face in the country.

4. Moderated a panel called “Sustainable Models of Village Bank and Health Services” 

Lara Diaconu (second from the left) moderating a panel.

Lara (second from the left) moderated a panel, during which Francisco Moreno (left), executive director of our partner Fundación Espoir, shared with the audience his perspective on the value of delivering integrated health services through village banks. “Our alliance with GP has allowed us to focus on how to improve our health program,” Francisco said.

5. Celebrated Latin American culture

Dancing at the end of the conference.

And of course, in traditional Latin American flair, there was dancing at the end of the conference.

 All photos © Global Partnerships 2013

Blog Tags: Ecuador   Fundacion Alternativa   Latin America   VI Foro Latinoamericano de Banca Comunal   village bank   

“[We see] Global Partnerships as “distinct” among investors/lenders. [We] believe that GP is the lender that is most aligned with [our] philosophy.” -Monica Hernández de Phillips, executive director of GP's partner Fundación Alternativa. Photo © Global Partnerships 2013.
“[We see] Global Partnerships as “distinct” among investors/lenders. [We] believe that GP is the lender that is most aligned with [our] philosophy.” -Monica Hernández de Phillips, executive director of GP's partner Fundación Alternativa. Photo © Global Partnerships 2013.

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