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3 Things to Learn about Microfinance at our Fall Conference

By Opportunity International

If you would like to learn more about microfinance and global development, Opportunity’s microfinance conference is the event to attend. Join us for our 2010 Fall Microfinance Conference this weekend (Friday, Oct. 8-Saturday, Oct. 9) in Washington, D.C. 

Here are 3 exciting topics to learn about at our http://www.opportunity.org/opportunity-international-conference/fall conference[/intlink]:

  1. Microinsurance

    Our breakout session, “Stability in Times of Crisis: MicroEnsure,” offered Friday 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET and Saturday 8:30-9:15 a.m. ET, shares how Opportunity’s subsidiary MicroEnsure covers more than one million policyholders with crop, loan, health, life and property insurance—offering clients a safety net when an unexpected hardship or disaster occurs. Learn more about http://www.opportunity.org/our-work/microinsurance/microinsurance[/intlink] with MicroEnsure president, Richard Leftley.

  2. Empowering Women

    Meet Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, at our plenary session II, Friday 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. WuDunn will discuss the movement to fight global poverty by unlocking women’s power as economic catalysts. Plus, learn more about why and how Opportunity invests almost 85% of our donor dollars into women entrepreneurs in the developing world at the http://www.opportunity.org/opportunity-international-conference/breakout-sessions/breakout session[/intlink], “Investing in Half the Sky: Why Women? Why Now?” with penelists Julie Hindmarsh, member of Opportunity’s Board of Directors, Ruth-Anne Renaud, our VP of women’s philanthropy, and Alice Gasatura, director of credit support for Opportunity Rwanda.

  3. Technological Innovations

    Opportunity is able to access our most marginalized and remote clients through exciting tools like cell phone banking, biometric technology, satellite and broadband Internet, and more. Even if you don’t understand technology, the breakout session, “Innovations in Technology,” with our senior VP of technology, http://www.opportunity.org/blog/update-innovations-in-technology/Daryl Skoog[/intlink], will inspire you with its endless possibilities.

Can’t join us in person for the conference? http://www.opportunity.org/opportunity-international-conference/register-for-the-live-stream/Register[/intlink] to watch free live streaming video of our plenary sessions, follow our coverage of other sessions and speakers by subscribing to the blog, and follow us on Facebookand Twitter. Do not miss a moment of this exciting and inspirational conference.

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