This episode is with LiftFund founding President and current CEO Janie Barrera. She is a leader and true changemaker in the field of microfinance in the USA, and has built a career on helping entrepreneurs and small business owners from low income and underserved areas achieve success. LiftFund has made over 15,000 loans totaling over $180 million dollars, all while maintaining an impressive 96% repayment rate. Since just 2013, these loans have helped create almost 11,000 jobs, retailed thousands more, and have been found to lead to a 75% survival rate for the small businesses recieving loans from LiftFund.
Impact investing and mircofinance have a long history together - often intertwined in the origin of both fields, and used as case studies for measuring impact. If you have any interests, questions or even doubts in microfinance, and are curious about its applications in the United States; I highly encourage you to listen to this interview.
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In this episode, I talk with, Lawson Knight - who is the Managing Principle of Intermountain Impact Investments (I3). Lawson and his business partner are in the process of launching a new impact focused financial service provider, focused on rural communities in the Pacific Northwest and parts of the US Midwest. We tak about his journey into impact investing, the process of designing and building I3, and the challenges, benefits and opportunities in servicing rural communities.
More about Lawson and I3 can be found at their company website, www.I-three.org
And on Twitter @i3_rural_impinv
In Episode 1 of The Impact Investing Podcast, I talk with one of the biggest names in impact investing, Jed Emerson. We dive into his personal origin story of entering the field of non-profits and philanthropy, his transition into impact investing, his newest co-authored book "The Impact Investor," total portfolio management and much more. This episode was a huge honor for me, and I know you'll get as much value ou of it as I did.
More about Jed and his work can be found at his personal website BlendedValue.com
And on Twitter @BlendedValue