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"Banking on the Future: Microfinance as Service" Colloquium held Oct. 1

Charlotte event to discuss link between finance, faith, and service to the economy

Pfeiffer University will join academics, theologians, and microfinance practitioners to explore the principles, methods and best practices in microfinance and its multifaceted link to servant leadership by hosting a daylong, free public colloquium “Banking on the Future: Exploring Microfinance as Service” on Friday, Oct. 1.

Experts and professionals from around the globe will present their views during this second annual event, which will be held from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Pfeiffer's Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Rd.

Microfinance is referenced as one of the best resources to combat poverty and spawn economic growth and development in emerging economies. Because nearly half the world's population lives on less than $3 per day, many activists, entrepreneurs, scholars and theologians believe microfinance could be part of a global solution to help the poor – and others – become more self-sufficient.

The free event will feature some internationally-respected experts, including:

Dr. Ken Carter, senior pastor at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, who will discuss how his church's work in Haiti has evolved to include microfinance;

Todd Engelson, of Peer Servants, a  faith-based organization that partners with indigenous, autonomous Christian microfinance organizations around the world. Engelson will talk about how microfinance can even transform the materially non-poor and share his experiences with, and the philosophy, of PEER Servants;

Veronica Trujillo, is a Peruvian lawyer who previously worked in banking, international trade and administrative law and is now a doctoral candidate at Salamanca University in Spain. Trujillo will share her work on the role of government in the Latin American microfinance industry;

Darlene Augustine, a doctoral candidate from the London School of Economics and Politics, will discuss her corporate governance work, which aims to rethink the agency theory perspective of corporate governance in the microfinance industry;

Alice Gasatura, director of Credit Support and URWEGO Opportunity Bank (UOB) in Kigali, Rwanda, will share her experiences working as a loan officer in microfinance;

Joe Mynatt, of Grameen America in Charlotte, N.C., which has seen remarkable success with microfinance in Bangladesh. Mynatt will discuss what the organization is doing and how it plans to replicate that victory in Charlotte and other cities in the U.S.

Organized by Dr. Rosemary Minyard, assistant professor of economics and finance at Pfeiffer and a former Wall Street analyst, the free event offers participants an opportunity to meet with and hear from speakers from around the world. A complimentary lunch will be provided by The Charlotte Symphony Guild.

Although the event is free, participants are asked to register by 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27. For details or to register, visit:, call (704) 463-3440 or email

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship.

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 463-3040 or


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