On Thursday, January 19th at 7PM, Lending for Evanston and Northwestern Development (LEND) and the Northwestern Community Development Corps (NCDC) welcomes Tom Coleman, a former Chicago Board of Trade executive and the Co-Founder of the new microfinance investment fund, Bottom Billion Fund. Coleman will be speaking in Harris Hall on national and international poverty and microfinance.
The Bottom Billion Fund brings microfinance tools and training to those who live on less than $1.25 per day—the billion extremely poor people at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Bottom BIllion Fund’s approach is markedly different from most other microfinance investment organizations, which usually target the ‘rising poor’, or ‘global middle class’: those earning between $1.25 to $25 a day.
This speaker event marks LEND’s first co-sponsorship with the NCDC, the premier community engagement and service organization on campus. NCDC “promotes civic engagement through direct service, social awareness, and advocacy,” and is very active within the Evanston community. NCDC outreach and service teams have been valuable partners in efforts to find new contacts in the community, and this co-sponsorship represents the latest step forward in this relationship.
The event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Bottom Billion Fund Team