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Jeffrey Ashe

Through March 2013 Jeff lead Saving for Change at Oxfam America which grew to 650,000 Savings

Group members in Mali, Senegal, Cambodia, El Salvador and Guatemala. By training groups of about

20 to save, lend to each by the thousands these groups provide a better way to save and lend at a

small fraction of the cost and complexity of financial institutions. Jeff previously founded and led

Working Capital for several years this country’s largest microfinance initiative honored by President Clinton at the White House. While at Acción International he directed the PISCES studies, the first worldwide study of microfinance and introduced group lending with this model replicated worldwide. He has consulted to microfinance projects in more than 30 countries. Through Carsey Jeff is bringing Savings Groups to the USA building on immigrant savings circles, introducing savings groups through Conditional Cash Transfer programs in the Dominican Republic, introducing Savings Groups to Bangladesh as he launches research on the long term survival of these groups. His book “In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups are Revolutionizing Development” published by Berrett Koehler has been well received. He teaches microfinance at Columbia and Brandeis Universities.