An Inside Look at Microfinance in Cambodia

May 28, 2013

GO_CambodiaIn March 2013, 20 Daniels MBA students traveled to Cambodia as part of the Daniels College of Business GO Deutsche Bank program, which introduces MBA students to social entrepreneurship through due diligence and analysis of microfinance loan applications.

Daniels is the exclusive educational partner to Deutsche Bank. The GO Deutsche Bank program has students evaluate the microfinance institutions (MFIs) to which Deutsche Bank loans money—the bank oversees an $80 million microfinance fund—as well as the individuals receiving the funds. In Siem Reap, Cambodia, students analyzed loans made by MFIs Prasac and Chamroeun to borrowers including a woman running a pig farm, a family running a small country store and women making clothing to sell in the local markets.

In addition, students visited the Trailblazer Foundation, a nonprofit that works primarily in Cambodia’s Siem Reap Province to implement long-term, self-sustaining development programs and projects that help alleviate the area’s poverty.

The Cambodia trip was led by Dr. Bruce Hutton of the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies, Dr. Mac Clouse of the Reiman School of Finance and Patrick Orr, senior director of graduate operations.

The GO Deutsche Bank program is now in its sixth year and has taken MBA students to Uganda, Kenya, Turkey, Georgia, the Philippines and Cambodia. This is the second trip to Cambodia; Daniels students also worked with the Trailblazer Foundation in 2008. Forbes magazine named the Daniels Deutsche Bank microfinance course one of the 10 Most Innovative Business School Classes in 2010.

Learn more about the GO Deutsche Bank program.