Advisory for October 3, 2007

FINCA Ambassador of Hope Natalie Portman to Visit UCLA Anderson School of Management
Will Urge Peers to Lead in the Fight against Global Poverty

WHAT: Award-winning actress Natalie Portman will speak to students about the power of microfinance as a tool to help the world's poorest entrepreneurs, and inspire them to support the campaign against global poverty. Portman will discuss and show video diaries of her recent visits to Mexico and Uganda, where she saw first-hand how FINCA International's Village Banking method of microfinance transforms families and communities. The event is co-hosted by the UCLA Anderson Net Impact Chapter and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

WHO: UCLA Anderson Finance Professor Bhagwan Chowdhry will moderate a discussion with Portman and students about microfinance, and the importance of young people getting involved with social action.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 from 6pm-7pm

WHERE: UCLA's Anderson School of Management, Korn Convocation Hall. Parking is available in Lot 4.

BACKGROUND: Since graduating from Harvard in 2003, Portman has served as Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International, one of the world's largest microfinance organizations, and pioneer of the Village Banking method of bringing small business loans to the poor through community-run financial associations. Portman is also co-chairperson with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan for FINCA's Village Banking "Call to Action" Campaign, an initiative to mobilize the people and resources needed to bring financial services to one million of the world's lowest-income families. In addition to her UCLA appearance, Natalie will visit students at other colleges and universities across the nation in October. For more information about FINCA International and The Village Banking Campaign, visit; visit; or search for details on Facebook.

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