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Lisa Green

 

Lisa Green's credentials reflect the blend of skills and interests that make FAVACA volunteer-consultants second to none.  Her academic credits include a BA from Florida State University with emphasis in Spanish, plus international business and management.  She is a certified English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Palm Beach with South Florida's Project Transition, a nationally funded initiative for refugees and political asylees, where she provides job counseling.  Ms. Green is a former Merrill Lynch and Company retail broker and has taught financial skills to women to enable them to manage their own portfolios or oversee their brokers.  On three missions since 2003, Ms. Green has consulted with the Adelante Foundation, a micro-credit organization in Honduras.  One mission totaled three months and targeted improved public speaking and presentation skills for Adelante credit officers.  The credit officers make daily presentations to groups of 5 to 50 women on topics ranging from business to life skills.  Thanks in part to Ms. Green's work, the Adelante Foundation has grown to more than 1,400 borrowers and boasts a 100% repayment rate.  The Foundation was selected by the Grameen Foundation USA as one of their replicators, the micro-credit version of Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

 

Projects:

EDUCATION PROGRAM RECEIVES BOOST IN HONDURAS The Adelante Foundation of Honduras is a micro-credit lending organization that provides small loans through village level solidarity groups to help the rural poor, primarily women, help themselves.  The Foundation provides educational classes to its more than 3,800 hundred clients.  Now thanks to a grant from the government of Spain they are launching a program to train specially selected clients to teach course material themselves.  This new program required a considerable investment of time to get of the ground and veteran FAVACA volunteer Lisa Green answered the call committing almost four months of service.  Lisa Green's credentials reflect the blend of skills and interests that make FAVACA consultants second to none.  Ms. Green is a former Merrill Lynch and Company retail broker and has taught financial skills to women to enable them to manage their own portfolios or oversee their brokers.  A FAVACA volunteer since 2003, Ms. Green completed her second long term assignment in Honduras, February 8 thru June 1, 2006.  The Adelante Foundation boasts a 100% repayment rate and was selected by the Grameen Foundation USA as one of their replicators, the micro-credit version of the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

EDUCATION RECEIVES ATTENTION IN HONDURAS.  In November 2004 Will Bullard, Director of Development for the Adelante Foundation, requested for veteran FAVACA volunteer Lisa Green, West Palm Beach, to return to La Ceiba, Honduras to revamp Adelante's education program.  Green traveled January 26 - April 15, 2005 and created a plan of action, performed observations in the field, experimented with a variety of methodologies, conducted in-office training, as well as teaching in numerous communities.  Green worked closely with Adelante staff member Edna Rivera to assist rural children and women in the towns of La Cebia, Pela and Aguan in becoming self-sufficient.  This extended volunteer mission was made possible through an in-kind contribution from Adelante and Lisa Green's willingness to share her valuable time and knowledge.

FAVACA TEAMS WITH FINCA HONDURAS TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY OUTREACH.  FAVACA partnered with FINCA International, the world's largest microfinance network, to provide training for credit counselors in Honduras.  The goal is to improve their skills in public speaking, group dynamics, motivation and other participatory techniques in order to capitalize on weekly meetings they conduct with loan recipients throughout the country.  Veteran volunteer Lisa Green, Palm Beach, was selected to conduct training for credit counselors while also conducting research for FINCA International in Honduras.  Green traveled to Honduras January 11 - March 6, 2004, and worked with 30 FINCA staffers and met with 24 village banking groups.  She also provided follow-up training with the Adelante Foundation in La Ceiba on similar work she has conducted for that microfinance institution.  Green has a experience as an investment banker, financial manager and classroom teacher.

HONDURAN MICRO-CREDIT OFFICERS HONE COMMUNICATION SKILLS.  The Adelante Foundation of Honduras is a micro-credit lending organization that supports women in rural areas of northern Honduras.  Tony and Kim Stone, directors of the foundation sought assistance in improving the public speaking and presentation skills of their 10 credit officers along with their own fund raising appeals.  The credit officers make daily presentations to groups of 5 to 50 women on topics ranging from business to life skills.  Volunteer consultant Lisa Green, Palm Beach, worked with the Adelante staff June 15-27, 2003.  Green, an ESL teacher and former financial advisor, conducted training sessions, observed staff in the field and provided feedback on their presentations.  Edna Rivera, the chief credit officer, reported a notable increase in the confidence and effectiveness of her fellow officers after the training.  The Adelante Foundation has over 1400 borrowers and boasts a 100% repayment rate.  The Foundation was selected by the Grameen Foundation USA as one of their replicators, the micro-credit version of the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

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