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SECWAC Presents: Mara Kardas-Nelson on “A Critical History of Microfinance”

June 25

Who: Mara Kardas-Nelson

Date: June 25, 2024

Topic: Journalist Mara Kardas-Nelson will speak on her just-published book “We Are Not Able to Live in the Sky: The Seductive Promise of Microfinance” (, a deeply reported work of journalism that explores the promises and perils of Microfinance, told through the eyes of international lenders and women borrowers in West Africa.

Cost: Members are Free | $20 non-member zoom or in-person access, non-members register at the bottom of this page

Location:  Essex Yacht Club, 13 Novelty Lane, Essex, CT 06426

About the Speaker:   

Mara Kardas-Nelson is an independent journalist focusing on international development and inequality. Her award-winning work has been supported by the international women’s media foundation, Investigative Editors and Reporter, the Richard J marigolds Award, and has appeared in the new York Times, the Nation, the guardian, and on NPR. Originally from the US, she has lived in Canada, South Africa, and Sierra Leone.


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