Microenterprise and Financial Inclusion Associates is a network of practitioners in the industry committed to expanding Financial Inclusion and Development.The movers are committed to providing a forum for sharing and information exchange as well as providing resources and materials for furthering industry program work.
The convener’s are:
Mr. George Okeyo is a Value Chain and Enterprise Development Practitioner. He is currently the Acting Business Services Manager at Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT). He holds BSc and MSc in Food Science and MA in Project Planning and Management. He also holds Diploma in Enterprise Development through Value Chains and Business Service Markets from ILO International Training Centre; and Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Agricultural Industry from Danish Agricultural Advisory Service. He is a certified monitoring and evaluation professional with over 12 years’ experience cutting across various disciplines including managing donor funded projects, contracting procedures for EU external actions, value chain development, Project planning and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Research and Information Dissemination, Enterprise development, organizational development, private sector experience, Food Processing and Handling, Food safety standards/regulations and agricultural technologies transfer. He has proven experience in designing, identification and evaluating projects targeting micro and small enterprises having managed an EU funded Assistance to Small and Micro Enterprises Programme and currently overseeing projects in three outputs of the DANIDA funded Business Sector Programme Support II (BSPS 2) Component 2.
Mr Paul Abuonji is an Information Technology and Management specialist. He has wide experience in IT practice, training and general management. He is currently a lecturer at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology where he also manages the activities of SIIS in Kisumu, Kisii and Busia counties. Paul holds a BSc in Computer Science, MSc in Information Technology Security and Audit and MBA with specialization in Strategic Management. He was formerly the ICT Manager at Great Lakes University of Kisumu where he also served as the HOD of IT academic department and lecturer. He is an accomplished IT security professional with expansive knowledge and skills in design, implementation and administration of secure IT systems for small, medium and large enterprises. He also has extensive experience in human resource, administrative, financial and strategic management.
Silvester Kobare has over 26 years’ experience in the area of Community development with specific focus on Savings Groups micro finance sector and small enterprise development in which he has gained both practical, management and technical advisory skills experience.He was formerly a Financial Inclusion and Linkages Coordinator for CARE Kenya and Catholic Relief Services. He supported CARE’s efforts to link savings groups with banks in Kenya, collecting and analyzing data from rural savings groups and financial services providers to evaluate linkage performance and help improve on existing models.
Silvester Kobare is a Graduate in Business Management from Cambridge Association of Managers in UK, and currently is also an SMDP (Carsey Institute)- New Hampshire University- Accredited Affiliate trainer on Savings Groups methodology and programme development.