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Mya Win

Mya Win ’04: Women’s World Banking (WWB)

Mya Win

Mya Win received a summer fellowship to work with WWB, a network of microfinance organizations whose mission is to expand low income women’s economic participation and power by opening access to finance, information and markets. WWB supports its affiliates, who offer direct services to low income women, with financial products and services (FPS), strategy and technical services, and by fostering learning among its network. “My project finance experience in investment banking and first hand knowledge of developing countries led to my interest in microfinance,” she says.

Win worked with the FPS team on various equity and debt projects. Her responsibilities included analyzing the current state of financial markets in India (debt, equity, securitization, new banking regulations), expanding the equity database on regulated microfinance institutions to assess and benchmark performance, and conducting a survey of the major lenders to microfinance institutions.

“The analysis that I performed helped WWB to address issues such as the social impact of commercialization,” she says. “For example, microfinance aims to support the local entrepreneurial community, and one metric of mission drift is whether average loan size as a percentage of per capita GDP has increased.”

“Supporting private sector investment in the developing world in order to promote sustainable growth is crucial to alleviating poverty,” says Win, “My experience at WWB helped to confirm my belief that microfinance is a very important tool to support low-income women, who are often overlooked in international development policy-making and projects.”

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2014 Social Enterprise Conference

Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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