Voices from the Field: Essma Ben Hamida

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Pathways: financial inclusion to end extreme poverty | Find out what we heard from the industry in this year’s Listening Tour

In preparation for our 18th Microcredit Summit, the Campaign conducted a Listening Tour from December 2014 through February 2015. The Listening Tour served two purposes. First, it was our hope to find out how our audience (you) felt about on the World Bank’s goal of eradicating poverty by 2030, and equally important, we wished to consult you in identifying the topics that were at the top of everyone’s mind.

Q: What do you think will be needed to achieve the goal of global financial inclusion by 2020 and how can this contribute to the goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030?

I’m not very optimistic, given the current situation. Banks and MFIs are having a crisis of liquidity especially during this last financial crisis. There is a lot of money in the MENA region, but our outreach numbers are low compared to other regions. Also, with just 1% of the population projected to own 50% of global wealth by end-2015[1], it is hard to see how the poorest can hope for financial inclusion…

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Soul of Finance Series: An interview with Essma Ben Hamida of enda inter-arabe

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Essma Ben Hamida: “I think the Arab region will be saved by its women.” Essma Ben Hamida and her husband, Michael Cracknell, are the founders of enda inter-arabe (http://www.endarabe.org.tn/). Enda is the first and largest microfinance institution in Tunisia. With … Continue reading