2016 Microfinance in the Round

Meet the Experts & Entrepreneurs

Attendees of the 2016 San Diego Microfinance Alliance Summit were able to meet local microfinance practitioners and academic experts, and hear directly from entrepreneurs who have benefited from access to capital through local and international microfinance programs. Roundtable discussions focused on topics such as emerging trends in the industry,  programmatic approaches to lending decisions, and how to compete for positions at microfinance institutions.


  • Rough Draft Brewing Company | 8830 Rehco Rd, Suite D, San Diego, CA | 858-453-7238   |  www.roughdraftbrew.com
  • Red Sambusas and Catering |  www.redsambusas.com  |  619-245-7946
  • The Thai Burger Company |  3520 Ashford Street, Suite A1, Oceanside, CA
  • Sivilotti´s Homestyle Cooking | 292 Cypress Avenue, Suite D, El Cajon, CA|  619-213-4105
  • PCI’s Women Empowered Jewelry Group
  • Chicanista Boutique
  • Olmeca Roots
  • Purses by Lourdes Marquez | Jewelry & Purses |  lourdes.marquez@live.com


  • Jobs in Microfinance
    • Presenters: Peg Ross, VP, Global Human Resources & Organization Development, PCI; Susan Lamping, VP Community Lending, CDC Small Business Finance; and Annik Prasad, Business Development Officer, CDC Small Business Finance
  • Experience the Mircoloan Process
    • Presenters: Rebecca Harver, Accion Loan Officer; Maria Montano, Accion Senior Loan Officer
  • Landscape of Mircofinance: Local, Cross-Boarder, Global
    • Presenters: Mabel Bejarano, U.S. & Border Programs, Project Concern International, Elisa Sabatini, Executive Director, Via International, Alka Subramanian, Executive Director, Power of Love Foundation, Moderator: Sarah Emerson, Project Concern International, Global
  • Approaches to Financial Empowerment: Savings, Credit, Insurance
    • Presenter: Rawan Elhalaby, Asset Building Programs Manager, and Rashid Essa, Financial Education Supervisor, with the International Rescue Committee in San Diego
  • Emerging Trends in Microfinance
    • Presenters: Jean Fort, Vice President, Programs and Partnerships, Women’s Empowerment International; Robert Gailey, Director, Center for International Development and Professor, Fermanian School of Business, Point Loma Nazarene University; and, Craig McIntosh, Director, Policy Design and Evaluation Lab and Professor of Economics, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego
  • Client Impact Stories
    • Roxana Rodriguez, Olmeca Roots, International Rescue Committee Client
    • Nelson Pizarro, EcoStatic, Inc., Accion Client
    • Lilia Sivilotti, a Women Empowered PCI Client
    • Moderated by Jessica Rossier, Program Manager, PCI Women Empowered Initiative