When I found out about microfinance…

Written by Patrick Fisher July 16, 2007 0 comment

In my application to business school, I wrote about how I wanted to use my banking background and formal business education to help the poor and organizations who serve them. I had no idea as to how this would play out.


I have always been involved in helping not-for-profits, charities, and churches. My heart is to help these organizations be more efficient so they can help more people. Through this work, I met a man, Randy Oyler, my partner, who asked me if I had heard about microfinance.


At that point, I had no clue that microfinance existed or that it had such a tremendous impact on the lives of poor people globally. I was thrilled to learn, as Gandhi put it, that microfinance does for the poor what no amount of charity could ever do – it empowers them to help themselves.

As an entrepreneur, I get excited about helping other entrepreneurs succeed, especially those whose lives hang in the balance..You can tell that I drink the proverbial kool-aid!