Event Detail

Microlending in the US and Abroad

Friday, October 09, 2009


Drucker Students - come participate in a discussion with Paul Blyth, the head of Finance for Microplace, the nation’s only for-profit microlender. Paul will be discussing the story of Microplace, the state of microfinance in the US and abroad, and how technology is connecting everyday people with the world’s poor for the benefit of all.


Who: Paul Blyth, Head of Finance at Microplace

What: Microlending in the US and Abroad

Where: Dean's Conference Room - top floor of Burkle

When: October 9th, 10:00 am



Paul Blyth

Head of Finance



Paul is responsible for financial strategy and operations at MicroPlace. He is an Associated Chartered Accountant with 15 years of financial management experience. Paul has occupied senior leadership roles in various organizations in the United Kingdom including the New Heights Group, Mother Advertising, CHEP and Planet Three Group. His responsibilities spanned financial planning, pricing strategy, budget management, and business performance measurement.


Paul began his financial management career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, initially as an accountant and auditor and then as part of their financial management consulting practices. Paul is a graduate of Durham University, is an Ontario Scholar, and a die-hard U.K. cricket fan.



MicroPlace’s mission is to help alleviate global poverty by enabling everyday people to make investments in the world’s working poor.

Our idea is simple.

Microfinance institutions around the world have discovered an effective way to help the world’s working poor lift themselves out of poverty. These organizations need capital to expand and reach more of the working poor. At the same time, millions of everyday people here in the United States are looking for ways to make investments that yield a financial return while making a positive impact on the world. MicroPlace simply connects investors with microfinance institutions looking for funds.

The result: more microfinance in the world, satisfied investors, and above all, fewer people living in poverty.





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