Micronomore Infinity Congress 2011
Infinity Towards Inclusion:
The 2011 Micro No More Infinity Congress
Last November 11 and 12, the 2011 SEEDFINANCE Corporation National Stakeholders Conference, also known as the Micro No More Infinity Congress, was held in Dakak Park and Beach Resort, city of Dapitan, Zamboanga Del Norte in Mindanao. The conference is an annual gathering of stakeholders to SEEDFINANCE’s Micro No More advocacy, a development perspective that microfinance ought not to be forever, that the micro- must grow and move up to the next small- or medium-scale levels. This two-day event featured the sharing of lessons from Partner Financial Institutions (PFIs) which achieved success as they support SEEDFINANCE’s mission towards financial inclusion. Representatives from several partner institutions served as speakers in order to inspire other PFIs through milestones they brought in their respective communities.
Day one had 2 plenary sessions wherein the first plenary focused on enabling financial inclusion through technology and innovation. Several success stories were witnessed from First Consolidated Cooperative on its mobile phone banking experience, Lapuyan Multi-Purpose Cooperative on ATM banking services in improbable areas and Dumanjug Multi-Purpose Cooperative on its expanded financial services. The second session highlighted expanding financial inclusion beyond traditional borders that included Islander Multi-Purpose Cooperative on its program in reaching underserved areas, ICTUS Premier Cooperative on Performance Management and Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative on its online lending scheme. The speakers entertained questions from other delegates. A credibility pageant was also conducted where a number of PFI representatives were nominated for the election of members of the Board on the following day.
Social Presentations of the co-organizers of the conference led by Smart Communications as one of the convenors together with other strategic partners served as the start of day two. Duties and responsibilities of the directors were discussed before the actual 2011 election proceedings. The conference ended through the renewal of partnership vows as the partner representatives and SF board & management mutually signed certificates as a sign of their continuing partnerships toward microfinance progress.
Everyone went home looking forward to another successful Micro No More congress next year.