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The Power of Microfinance | Tom Eggert | TEDxMadison

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Published on Nov 9, 2015

Small amounts of money can create huge change. Through microfinance, entrepreneurs are earning a living with dignity.

Tom Eggert has been at the forefront of business and sustainability for 20 years, both teaching classes in sustainability at the University of Wisconsin and founding and serving as the Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council. Tom was a co-developer of the graduate certificate in Business, Environment and Social Responsibility (BESR) at the WI School of Business. He currently works with the Director of the Nelson Institute on building bridges between businesses and the Institute. Tom also founded and leads the WI Sustainable Business Council.
Growing out of his interest in sustainability, Tom developed Wisconsin Microfinance and serves as the President of the Board. The money raised by Wisconsin Microfinance is distributed to worthy recipients in rural areas of developing countries.
Prior to returning to Wisconsin (where he grew up) in 1991, he served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in Montana, and, before that, as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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