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MSME Finance

$250 / Finance Available

This course is intended for those who want to better understand the gap that exists in MSME financing, and how the various barriers to MSME financing may potentially be overcome or solved. In this course, you will investigate why MSME financing is important and explore the existing financing landscape through real-world case examples and interviews with experts in the financing industry.

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Start Date

25 March 2022


4 Weeks


Online, in our digital classroom

MSME Finance

This is a four-week course, and it will be conducted entirely online through DFI´s Campus platform. Weekly teaching materials will center around four lecture videos of 10-12 minutes produced by DFI, and a number of additional resources that you can read or view. Your weekly tasks will include answering a discussion question, taking a multiple-choice quiz, and undertaking a personal exercise of a more practical nature.

Course Curriculum


Elizabeth Friend

Elizabeth is a sustainable international development practitioner and organizational strategist with a focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating market-based solutions to poverty She has over a decade of experience working with micro-enterprises and early-stage social impact startups 

 In her current role as Managing Director of the Small-Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund (S3IDF), she leads work on impact-first investing and focuses on innovative financing structures that bridge the supply and demand capital gaps by blending philanthropic, development, and private capital. Prior to her work with S3IDF, Elizabeth served as International Director of Village Forward where she managed international programming and played a central role in developing operational capacity and micro-franchise expansion strategies. Elizabeth has served as a consultant for USAID and a been presenter at regional and international conferences forums where she discussed energy poverty, systems-level program design, and small-scale enterprise financing. 

 Elizabeth holds a M.S. Finance from Northeastern University and M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University as well as a B.A. in Leadership Studies and Political Science from the University of Richmond. She also recently completed Digital Frontiers Institute’s Certified Digital Finance Practitioner Program. 

What is DFS?

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Fintech, or financial technology, refers to any digital technological tools or business models used to support the delivery of financial services.

What is Financial Inclusion

Financial inclusion is a key part of DFI’s agenda and refers to the goal of ensuring that all people, especially marginalised groups, have access to the financial tools they need.

What is a Virtual Classroom?

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What is Digital Frontiers Institute?

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