Parent Organization: Vanderbilt
The Vanderbilt Microfinance Club was formed in January 2009 by Vanderbilt students Arielle Samet and Jordan Solomon. The mission of our organization is to bring awareness to the social entrepreneurial tool of microfinance and facilitate economic development projects linking Vanderbilt students to impoverished entrepreneurs. We are currently working on our own enterprise development project with extraordinary communities in Kyrgyzstan, Ecuador, and Belize.
Our group meetings have included speakers such as Dr. James Foster, an expert on Economic Inequality, William Tucker of the SEEP Network, and the two founders of DVELO.org. We see our organization as a way of facilitating group discussion and action regarding economic development involving microfinance and enterprise development. Our current faculty adviser is Professor Kathryn Anderson, an economics professor and a former head of Vanderbilt’s Graduate Program in Economic Development.