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Webinar: The Price of Admission: Financial Inclusion Strategies for Migrants
April 13, 2010
Learn about how financial products and services are being developed to support migrant entrepreneurship and meet the needs of people who are are financially exluded - -whatever their gender, race or postal code.
Watch and listen to the Question and Answer (Q&A) with speakers, Josefa Sánchez García, Barcelona Activa, and Stephanie Mestrallet, Fair Finance.
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InLondon, where the “door-step” lending market is worth £2billion, Fair Finance has stepped in to address unethical lending practices. Find out more about the financial products and services Fair Finance has developed to meet the needs of people who are financially excluded -whatever their gender, race or postcode. Watch the Video Presentation.
At Barcelona Activa, the city’s dynamic business development hub, entrepreneurship is the recognized “engine of city activity and employment.” Learn about how Barcelona Activa and the ODAME Program are working with migrant communities in Spain to support ethnic entrepreneurship and a booming SME sector.Watch the Video Presentation.
Josefa Sánchez García Barcelona Activa
Josefa Sánchez García is a graduate in Chemistry by The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and has an MBA from the University of Navarra’s IESE. She is a founding member of the GRUP 7 and the E.E.P. (European Enterprises Partnership), founder and vice-chairwoman of the Odame Association and chairwoman of the CEDEL (Centre for Local Development Studies) a non-profit-making organisation working nationally to develop the spirit of enterprise in different groups, but in particular amongst women and the young.
In 1986, Mrs. Josefa Sánchez designed and planned the first business training programme DONES EMPRENEDORES-ODAME in Spain, carried out by the Barcelona City Council and Barcelona Activa,S.A. Since then, Mrs. Sánchez has led the programme as it has evolved and grown to meet the changing needs of businesses. She has worked together with other European countries and forms part of numerous European support networks for women entrepreneurs and local employment initiatives. For her work at the head of CEDEL, Mrs. Sánchez was awarded the “Best Director of the Year” prize in 2000 by the Spanish Association of Management.
Stephanie Mestrallet Fair Finance
Stephanie has a background in development; she completed a Master degree in Urbanisation and Development at the London School of Economics in 2006 after a year in Cambodia where she was a Communication Officer for a local NGO.
Prior to joining Fair Finance’s team, Stephanie worked for several years for a Microfinance Institution in Madagascar where she held various positions such as Branch Manager and Operation Coordinator. In addition, Stephanie attended a field training program at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.
She joined Fair Finance as Head of Business in 2009 and is working on Fair Finance’s development in the following fields: operations management, information systems, staff management, geographic expansion and organisation growth.