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Interested in Microfinance?

January 15, 2010

Elmseed ( is a 501c(3) non-profit microcredit organization that offers small loans and business training to low-income entrepreneurs who wish to start or expand small businesses here in the New Haven community.  Founded in 2001, Elmseed pioneered student-run microcredit and is run and staffed entirely by Yale students — we hope you’ll consider joining us.

We will have an information session this Monday, January 18th at 8pm in LC 103.  The information session is not required, but we will be able to answer any questions you may have about the organization.

The Elmseed staff has priority for Elmseed’s full-time Summer Manager position.  The summer manager, with the help of Elmseed’s executive board, takes the helm of the organization over the summer, gaining insight and experience in the fields of microfinance, urban development, and non-profit management.  If you are interested in this position, please mention so in your application.  Elmseed will help ensure that the Summer Manager will receive funding of between $2,000 and $4,000.

Please Jim Berry ( and CC to Elizabeth Bershad ( to get a copy of the staff application. This application is due by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 20th.  Please note: In order to apply to Elmseed, applicants must be able to attend Elmseed’s hour-long weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 9PM. Please also note that students accepted to Elmseed’s staff are expected to attend staff training on the afternoon of Sunday, January 24th. Questions? Feel free to get in touch with us by sending an email to

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