Microfinance jobs for beginners

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

The microfinance sector is growing, and so are opportunities for those interested in building a career by helping the poor access financial services on equitable terms.

But, starting in microfinance can be daunting since the maturation of this industry has lead to greater competition for jobs and demand for advanced skills. Jobseekers may also be overwhelmed by the different types of “nonprofit” and commercial “for-profit” entities that serve the working 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.