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Michelle Valentine & The Oxford Microfinance Initiative


Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld scholar Michelle Valentine (Hong Kong, MSc Water Science Policy & Management) was involved in a pro bono project organised through the Oxford Microfinance Initiative.  The project involved advising one of the largest Mongolian banks and a Mongolian government department in a joint micro-finance initiative. The team of ten, which Michelle led, had two tasks: to provide recommendations for a digital platform, including a membership registry, that would further the goals of the organisation; and to help the bank devise microfinance packages that are both suited to its corporate mission and are attractive to farmers. These packages were to be aimed specifically at the members signed up under the digital platform and thus the two tasks were interwoven. The project presents a unique opportunity to enable the partnership of the two organisations to help realize Mongolia’s agricultural potential.