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Microfinance /ˈmaɪkrəʊˌfaɪnæns/ noun: The activity of providing financial services to those who have been deemed “unbankable,” thereby addressing the issue of financial exclusion created by the traditional banking sector.

This is my passion.

Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog about my experiences in completing internships in the microfinance sector. This is actually a revamped version of my original blog, Banking in Bangladesh, which has recently grown to encompass my newest adventure, Transacting in Tajikistan.

My story begins with an unconventional business program that led me to a class called “Globalization in Emerging Economies” in which I first learned about Muhammad Yunus and his efforts to eradicate poverty through providing small loans to poor villagers in Bangladesh. Over the last 40 years, his efforts have grown into the Grameen Bank, an organization dedicated to providing banking services for the poor. In the first chapter of my blog, I spent three months in Bangladesh working at the Grameen Bank and Grameen Trust. You can read all about it in the “Banking in Bangladesh” section.

Now I am about to set out on a new journey. Through a fortunate chain of events, I managed to land the Aga Khan Foundation Canada International Microfinance and Microenterprise Fellowship and will be living in Dushanbe, Tajikistan from July 2013 to March 2014. You can read all about this in the “Transacting in Tajikistan” section.

I like to write about the good, the bad, and the ugly. My writing style is both informative and emotional and my passion for international development and poverty alleviation is often displayed in my posts. Please enjoy.

 

Please note: The postings and views expressed on this site are entirely my own and do not represent the views or opinions of CIDA, AUCC, Grameen Bank, AKDN, AKFC, FMFB-T, or AKF Tajikistan.

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