Name: Casey Wilson
Occupation: The founder of Wokai, which is a microfinance non-profit organization that assists low-income entrepreneurs in China.
Background: She was born and raised in Oakland, California. Casey did her undergraduate education at Wesleyan University. She moved to China to pursue her interest in development and China. Casey Wilson has been very interested in economic development in China and studied about it during summers. Courtney McClogan, who was Casey’s roommate at Qinghua University had worked with microfinance related projects for three years inspired Wilson to develop the idea of Wokai.
Why Wilson is a MAPS hero:
Wilson is not only the founder of Wokai, she is also in charge of managing the team, outreaching, public speaking and field partner evaluations. She wanted more people to be involved in philanthropy and be personally related to the people in poverty. She also developed Wokai as a social network that connect borrowers and loanees.
China is one of the countries with the largest population and has a huge gap between the wealthy and the poor. Through Wokai, a microfinancial institution, people all around the world can contribute to this country where microfinance is still a new term and a lot of people have lack of collateral and credit. Wilson is now working on marketing and advertising Wokai, trying to bring it into other communities that are still unfamiliar with microfinance. Wokai now has offices in the United States and China, and field partners in rural China that reached out to different families, farmers, and small business owners that need financial assistant. Wilson also wants to expand Wokai by having an online marketing place where the entrepreneur that is funded to sell their goods online.
MAPS Hero of the Week: Casey Wilson
February 17, 2011 by Mira's Alliance for Philanthropic Sustainability
Name: Casey Wilson