Fair Finance & Sustainable Agriculture in Latin America
Monday, September 9, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
Stories from the Field: Frank Rubio & Ueli Burkhalter
Come join us to discuss successes and challenges of impact investing and sustainable agriculture in Latin America. We will have the opportunity to hear from Frank Rubio, Oikocredit’s Regional Director for Northern South America, as well as Ueli Burkhalter a longtime volunteer who is currently on a study tour of the microfinance credit chain. Co-sponsored by Global Washington, the Young Professionals International Network and Bainbridge Graduate institute. Please come, bring your friends, share your experiences in Latin America, and ask difficult questions!
We do ask that you register for this event.
6:00 Light appetizers, beer & wine will be provided
6:15 Presentation consisting of a brief introduction followed by an interactive discussion opened for audience participation
7:15 Networking opportunity
Oikocredit is an International Cooperative that is one of the largest and oldest non-governmental sources of funding for agricultural cooperatives and microfinance institutions (MFIs). Oikocredit’s administers a current portfolio of $322.3 million in funds invested in Latin America, with $47.87 million in specific agricultural investments.
Frank Rubio is the Oikocredit Regional Manager for South America Northern Region, located in La Paz, Peru. Oikocredit has over 50 Peruvian project partners, and 158 on the continent. Frank has been a strong proponent of management by social performance. He works closely with Oikocredit’s department of Social Performance Management, along with MicroFinance Transparency to promote responsible pricing and with Grameen Foundation to implement the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) among Oikocredit’s South American project partners.
Ulrich “Ueli” Burkhalter is an ordained minister with a pastoral interest in global justice. Having spent ten years volunteering with Oikocredit Deutsche Schweiz in Switzerland, he is spending a three-month sabbatical working out of the Oikocredit’s Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean in San José, Costa Rica (representing work with 133 partners). The purpose of his sabbatical is to study first-hand and from a layperson’s perspective, the entire microfinance credit chain, from Oikocredit’s partner selection process right down to the end client interactions, with a particular focus on social performance measurement. He will be documenting this work through pictures, figures and interviews.
Young Professionals International Network
YPIN is a young professionals group in the Puget Sound region for people with a shared passion for the world around us. YPIN offers a wide range of social and networking events – all with an international flavor attracting an eclectic crowd with a wide range of backgrounds and opinions.
Global Washington is a broad-based membership association that promotes and supports the global development sector in the state of Washington. Global Washington convenes members to generate new opportunities for growth; strengthens member organizations to increase their impact; and advocates across key global development issues at the local, national, and global level.
Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI)
Bainbridge Graduate Institute seeks to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to build enterprises that are financially successful, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. BGI has pioneered a graduate curriculum for sustainable business education that infuses social and environmental responsibility into every course.
Oikocredit NW Support Association
Oikocredit is an international financial cooperative that promotes global justice by empowering disadvantaged people with credit. Oikocredit’s goal is to increase financial inclusion and create social as well as financial benefits for end clients. Oikocredit currently directly invests approximately $736.3million toward this mission, with over 850 partners in nearly 70 countries. Oikocredit has an institutional commitment to social performance management and maximizing the impact these funds have the lives of end borrowers. Oikocredit NW is the local volunteer support association of the international cooporative.