Author: Elias Fanta

Financial Inclusion Strategic Advisor — Elias initiated and coordinated the first microfinance project in southern Ethiopia. For eight years he worked for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Ethiopia as a program officer. Elias graduated with a BA in Economics from the Addis Ababa University, MA in Development Management, and PhD in International Development Studies from the Ruhr University of Bochum.
Can rural farmers cope with drought and famine?

El Niño has disrupted normal weather conditions and crop production in many parts of the world and across East Africa. This global weather…

Why the majority of Nuru Ethiopia ‘savers’ are women

Feature photo: Women at a savings group meeting in Meteka Mele, Boreda District, Southern Ethiopia. For the last two or three decades, microfinance has…

Fulfilling a promise I made in Ethiopia 30 years ago

Feature photo: Elias Fanta (middle) with Nuru Ethiopia Financial Inclusion team during the Financial Inclusion Program Planning Process in Zefine, Ethiopia. In June…

Nuru Kenya Attends 2015 Global Mifos Summit in Dubai

Feature photo: Christine Alvitsa, Nuru Kenya Financial Inclusion Program Information Systems Specialist, enters data into Mifos at the Nuru Kenya office. Tuesday, March…

Financial Inclusion Program is Planning to Establish a Savings and Credit Cooperative in Ethiopia

In August 2014, the Nuru Ethiopia Financial Inclusion (FI) Program, formerly known as Community Economic Development, concluded a six-month program planning process (PPP)….

We are proud to introduce Ibrahim Sifuna, the Nuru Kenya Community Economic Development (CED) District Manager. With his extensive background in microfinance and community…

1.    Microfinance Industry failing people living in poverty? Since the 1990s, there has been a great deal of hope and enthusiasm that…

In this edition, I have the privilege of introducing our newest Community Economic Development (CED) Program Facilitator, Mr. Christopher Isele. Chris has joined…

We are thrilled to see Nuru’s Community Economic Development (CED) program growing every day and expanding its services to every village and community…

Saturday, February 23, 2013, the Community Economic Development (CED) staff gathered at Masafa Hotel in Sirari, Tanzania to celebrate the success of three…