Annie Chen is committed to using microfinance to empower women to help their families. Her interest in microfinance and Grameen Foundation grew from a passion for social investing, which appeals to investors who want to make a social impact while yielding modest returns.
“It seems to me that microfinance, when well done, is a wonderful example of a social investment,” says Annie. “I like the fact that microfinance is built on a model that involves empowering individuals to explore and develop their own potentials and strengths, rather than on giving handouts.”
As a Hong Kong native, Annie is especially interested in strengthening poverty-focused microfinance in China. She accompanied our staff on a trip to Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China, where she visited Chifeng Zhaowuda Women’s Sustainable Development Association (CZWSDA), a microfinance institution. While there, Annie met microfinance clients and witnessed how their small enterprises improved their families’ lives.
We thank Annie for helping Grameen Foundation create opportunities for the world’s poorest, especially women, and look forward to future collaboration to further expand microfinance in China.