Patron: Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Micro-financing in Cambodia

Guest Speaker: Rommel Caringal
General Manager of VisionFund Cambodia

Event Date: Wednesday 12th October 2005
Event Time: 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Event Location: Asia:NZ Foundation
Level 7, Castrol House, 36 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, 6011.

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The Asia Forum is pleased to publicise a special, informal, discussion on the work of World Vision in Cambodia:

This is the United Nations International Year of Micro-credit. VisionFund is the specialist Micro-finance arm of World Vision. It engages with and supports the entrepreneurial poor in communities it serves, using proven models of micro-enterprise development (MED) and micro-finance. A leading example in Asia is the experience of VisionFund Cambodia. Rommel Caringal, the founding general manager of VisionFund Cambodia is visiting New Zealand to help us promote VisionFund Cambodia, a licensed non-banking financial institution in Cambodia. Some key themes to be included in the presentation are:

  • Nature of entrepreneurship amongst the poor in SE Asia – typical first hand experiences
  • The DNA of an entrepreneur – are they made or created – a SE Asian case study
  • Challenges of starting up a Micro-finance Institution in a developing country
  • Strategic challenges in scaling for national coverage
  • Sustainability of entrepreneurs, enterprises, institutions in this setting
  • The use of social capital for security; its applicability and reliability

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