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Microfinance

We are a platform for students to learn about Microfinance and support the endeavours of Microfinance Institutions to empower the financially marginalised.

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About us

At the LSESU's Microfinance Society, we seek to explore the concept of microfinance and understand the power of finance products as tools for financial inclusion. To do this, we conduct research, host panel discussions and speaker events, and run various microfinance related projects.

Every year, we invite Sadru Akbarali, former senior programme manager for Aga Khan Agency, to conduct an enriching 5-session crash course on Microfinance. Starting from the origins of microfinance, Sadru provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of microfinance, ending with opportunities and challenges this field faces today.

Our microfinance fund provides small and promising businesses with micro-loans. We aim to hone small business owners’ financial and managerial acumen through a well-developed mentorship programme, and encourage ground-up support for micro-entrepreneurs. Through our thorough process of due diligence and provision of consulting services, we empower students in adapting knowledge to solve real-life challenges and providing a sustained opportunity to give back to society.

We also engage in critical discourse regarding microfinance through extensive research, personal interviews with prominent institutions in the microfinance field and publication of articles on our own website. Panel discussions and speaker events are hosted to increase outreach as well as broaden and encourage thought-provoking discussions about microfinance within the student body at LSE.

Through the LSESU Microfinance Consulting Initiative, members work in teams to provide microfinance institutions with pro-bono consultancy services. By conducting in-depth research, students develop insights and solutions to support the meaningful endeavours of microfinance institutions across the globe. These yearly projects aid students in learning valuable consulting, fundraising and project management skills and gain an incisive look into the work of Microfinance Institutions. We have collaborated with institutions from all over the world, including Rangde, DEKI and LendWithCare.

Join us to broaden your understanding about microfinance and financial inclusion and create real impact.

Membership

Purchasing a membership to our society will give you access to all of our research publications, events, and consulting initiatives. As a member, you'll get the opportunity to not only broaden your knowledge about microfinance and financial inclusion, but also make an impact in the microfinance community. The membership will also be needed to fill any roles we offer, including sub-committee roles in our divisions and as a consultant for our Microfinance Initiative.

Events and Activities

Over the course of the year, we will host a wide variety of events and initiatives including:

  • Crash Course
  • Regular Events (Panel Discussions, Speaker Events, Socials)
  • Opportunity to be a pro-bono consultant in our Consulting Initiative
  • Opportunity to be a Fund Analyst in our Fund Project
  • Opportunity to be a Research Analyst in our Research Team

Contact Us

We are excited to welcome new members for the upcoming academic year, and have created a WhatsApp group for any questions you may have. Just click the link below and you'll get access to the group, or approach us by messaging any of our social media platforms. We will also be hosting Zoom calls where you'll be able to come and ask us more questions about our society. More details will be posted on www.microfinancelse.com and our social media handles nearer to the date, and you may email us at microfinance@lsesu.org if you have any other queries.

Events

Microfinance Society Give-It-A-Go Session
Zoom
In this GIAG Session, you will be able to find out more about the Microfinance Society and what Microfinance is. Join us for an opportunity to learn more about Microfinance and how you can get involved!
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