Jeffrey Ashe
Columbia University

Jeffrey Ashe is a microfinance pioneer. Between 1979 and 1984 he led USAID’s first foray into microfinance, the PISCES project, and helped spread peer group lending in 32 developing countries, and the USA. He evaluated Savings Groups in Nepal, India and Zimbabwe, and, based on these insights lead Oxfam’s America’s Saving for Change Initiative where scores of local NGOs trained 35,000 groups in five countries. His book recounting this experience, “In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups Are Revolutionizing Development,” published by Barrett-Koehler, has been well received. More recently his graduate students from Columbia and Brandeis Universities studied ROSCAS in the USA and abroad as he assumed the leadership role as Director of Grassroots Finance Action.

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