2017 Microfinance in the Round


Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 4PM – 7PM


2921 El Cajon Boulevard

San Diego, CA 92104


Red Sambusas | (619) 245-7946

East African Food – various famers’ markets


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.

292 W Cypress Ave., Apt. D, El Cajon, CA 92020


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

contact: shawnebaby99@gmail.com

Lourdes Marquez | Jewelry & Purses – made of recycled materials

contact: lourdes.marquez@live.com

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

contact: mariposasdefrida@gmail.com

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 micro finance 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

IRC economic development program staff will discuss the barriers borrowers face to financial wellbeing and the importance of embracing holistic solutions to multifaceted economic problems. The IRC in San Diego serves families who have immigrated from over 20 countries, 78% of whom have been in the country less than 2 years. Upon arrival, many families are faced with the prospect of needing to access capital but have limited income, savings, and credit history, and are therefore “too risky” to access a loan. When seeking to use microfinance as a tool to address poverty for low-income families, the IRC has found it imperative to integrate financial access with trainings, mentoring, and peripheral supportive services.


Andrea Sorce

Asset Building Program Manager, International Rescue Committee

Bryndan Stueve

Microenterprise Program Supervisor, International Rescue Committee

  • Avoiding Over-Indebtedness Among Microfinance Borrowers

Panel Description Coming Soon.

  • Emerging Trends in Microfinance

Panel Description Coming Soon.

  • 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

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.