San Diego Microfinance Alliance 2017 Summit:

Microfinance in the Round

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 4PM - 7PM

Digital Gym Cinema

2921 El Cajon Boulevard

San Diego, CA 92104

Refreshments & Vendors:

Red Sambusas & Catering | (619) 245-7946

East African Food - Temecula Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and at the UCSD-La Jolla Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays.

Thai Burger | (760) 672-2841

Various farmers' markets, and restaurant soon at:

3250 Ashford St, Ste A1, San Diego CA 92111


Lilia Sivilotti | (619) 787-8965

Argentinian-inspired dishes, for this event alfajores (short bread cookies filled with dulce de leche) will be served.

Santee Farmers Market on Wednesdays, El Cajon Farmers Market on Thursdays, and City Heights Farmers Market on Saturdays



ShawneBaby | Arts & Crafts - picture frames, lamps, etc.


Lourdes Marquez | Jewelry & Purses - made of recycled materials


Frida’s Butterfly Products | Handcrafted bags, purses, lanyards, key chains, and earrings


NEKI | Crochet items, jewelry, invitation and album collages

contact: (619) 205-9513



  • Landscape of Microfinance: Local, Cross Border and Global

Panelists will highlight environmental factors unique to communities from three microfinance perspectives: local, cross border, and global. Discussions will illustrate the importance of social networks and of building trust to deliver a rich set of learnings. Participants will understand how a well-designed program that incorporates specific community needs and assets, can lead to social empowerment. Leading practices in integrated empowerment approaches – bringing together both financial and social aspects – will be explored.


Alka Subramanian

Executive Director, Power of Love Foundation


Rosalinda Delgado

Lead Business Development Officer, Accion San Diego

Carolyn Kenney

Program Manager, Women Empowered Initiative, Project Concern International

Paige Bradley

Executive Director, Women's Empowerment International

  • How to Get a Job in the Microfinance Industry? 

Join four practitioners while we discuss how to secure employment in the field of Microfinance. The panel will be represented by two experienced specialists and two people new to the industry. Learn how we all got started, how we grew our careers, and how to break into the field now. We will discuss the value of volunteering, informational interviews, making connections, staying connected, and getting your first job in microfinance. We’ll give you resource ideas of organizations and groups that can help you in your search, and point you in the right direction.


Susan Lamping

VP Sales, CDC Small Business Finance

James Toomey

Finance and Marketing SpecialistCDC Small Business Finance

  • Economic Empowerment Through Integrated Financial Services

While microfinance is a valuable tool to address poverty for low-income families, access to capital alone is often not enough. It is imperative to address the range of barriers that families face that prevent them from reaching economic self-sufficiency, and several organizations in San Diego work to do just that – blending microfinance with additional supports such as financial coaching, employment/career training, and affordable housing. Our panel will discuss their experiences designing and delivering integrated service models to low-income San Diegans.


Carmen Amigon

Senior Special Projects Director, Community Housing Works

Jason Jarvinen

Program Officer, LISC

Rafael Monroy

Resident Service Specialist, MAAC

Andrea Sorce

Asset Building Program Manager, International Rescue Committee

  • Avoiding Over-Indebtedness Among Microfinance Borrowers

Over-indebtedness in Guatemala

In 2010, Andhra Pradesh province in India gained international attention as the tragic news that microfinance--once heralded as a panacea of global poverty--had a serious "over-indebtedness" problem. While the crisis has gone away, the problem of over-indebtedness continues and remains a very serious issue throughout the world, including in Latin America.  One of the largest MFIs in Guatemala, Asociación Awakening, has taken steps to deal with this problem in both creative and practical ways.  Listen to three representatives from Asociación Awakening, Executive Director, Braulio Gomez, Loan Director Rudy Castro and Assistant to General Director, Gabriel Gomez, discuss their current "fixes" and long-term goals to help rid Guatemala of this problem.  


Braulio Gomez

Executive DirectorAsociación Awakening

Rudy Castro

Loan Director, Asociación Awakening

Gabriel Gomez

Assistant to General Director, Asociación Awakening

  • Emerging Trends in Microfinance

Three industry professionals will speak on 'new trends in microfinance,' beginning with a summary of industry development over the years(McIntosh), and then two specific extensions of the microfinance approach in new areas.  Reed will discuss the connection between behavioral interventions in financial services and a broader set of public health questions, focusing on her work in the SD-Tijuana area seeking to change outcomes such as college savings, attitudes towards the future of adolescent girls, and intimate partner violence using behaviorally-inspired financial services.  Porro will speak about innovative models for scoring and supporting small businesses, focusing on the specific case of Lendistry.


Elizabeth Reed, ScD, MPH

Associate Professor of Global Health; Co-Director, SDSU-UCSD Global Health Joint Doctoral Program, Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science; Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University

Craig McIntosh

Professor of Economics, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego

  • Hear from Microfinance Clients About Impact

Microfinance clients from three local microfinance programs will share their insights on the process of building their businesses, and how the programs have created economic opportunity for themselves and the community.


Patty Corona, PCI Client

Women Empowered (WE) Panelist

Patty is a member of a WE group. She is a community leader and a microentrepreneur. Patty is co-founder of Cocina ArteSanal, a catering company based on National City. She can be contacted at 619-471-4529.

Marcus Betton, ACCION Client

Trophy Auto Spa, Inc

1556 Grand Avenue San Diego, CA 92109 

Marcus grew up around cars and has been working on them since he was 15 years old with his dad, who bought and sold custom-restored cars. He started Trophy Auto Spa, a full-service mechanic and detailing auto shop in Pacific Beach. The shop has been open for about two years and has rave reviews, with satisfied clients posting positive reviews on Yelp and spreading the word about Marcus and his staff. His Accion loan has enabled Marcus to take courses at an auto detailing training school, so that he can expand his services to include paint less dent removal, windshield repair, window tinting, wheel recoating and vehicle restoration.