How to become a ‘banker to the poor’

Members of the women's group Kazi Bora (Swahili for "good workers") collect payments for microloans provided them by the U.S.-based microloan organization Kiva. Microfinance loan officers routinely attend such meetings to record loan repayments, monitor client progress and train locals on business skills, health education or financial literacy. Photo by: Oliver Subasinghe

As the microfinance industry evolves, so have the skill sets needed to serve this market. Professional expertise in financial services, management consulting and management information systems are now in greater demand, alongside language fluency, field experience and other traditional requirements.

Microfinance jobs can be found within the governmental, non-governmental and commercial sectors. Top employers include Accion International, Grameen Foundation, Finca International, Shore Bank International, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Consultative Group for the Poor.

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    Oliver Subasinghe

    Oliver joined Devex in late 2008 as an international development correspondent and researcher. He previously served as a microfinance fellow for Kiva in Kenya and Uganda. During his tenure, he worked with Kiva’s field partners to improve their operations and governance. Oliver holds a master's in business from the College of William & Mary.