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Mahlon Barash
Consultant , Microfinance/Housing Microfinance
Lima, Peru
Microfinance specialist with focus on progressive housing. Over 30 years international experience in low income housing finance, microfinance/ microenterprise development, project design, implementation and evaluation, credit unions, financial analysis. Fluent in Spanish. Looking for short term consulting or long term position.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
Significant international development experience working in microfinance and microenterprise development,as well as project/program design, management, and evaluation.

High-visibility leadership positions among diverse non-profit and government organizations. Orchestrated initiatives in countries including Belize, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Turkey, and Uganda.
Fluent in Spanish

Skill areas: Low-Income/Progressive Housing Finance|Microenterprise Development|Cross-Cultural Leadership| Credit Union Development|Regulatory Reform|Financial Analysis

Project/Program Leadership
- Directed a team of Mexican and American consultants to provide technical assistance in best practices to five mortgage lending institutions.
- Led a ten-member Peruvian team through the implementation of a progressive housing microfinance program.
- Coordinated the design of new projects valued at $55M for USAID/Bolivia, including CARE Community Development, Child Survival PVO Network II, AIDS Prevention and Control, Community and Child Health, and Sustainable Forestry Management.
- Orchestrated the start-up and implementation of a $5M Human Resources for Development project in Bolivia that created a master’s degree program in public policy and management as well as accounting/financial control.

Organizational Improvements
- In Peru, led in the development of strategic business and marketing plans to strengthen organizational capabilities; increased loan capital and training funding by $930K; streamlined the loan tracking system.
- Managed technical assistance in the Philippines which resulted in the development of an enabling policy environment to facilitate the expansion of private sector microfinance services. This was accomplished through passage of two legislative acts which reduced dependency on subsidies, increased savings mobilization, and phased out certain government-directed credit programs.
- Provided direct technical assistance and coordinated country programs among Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Sri Lanka home improvement loan programs. Organized an interactive seminar to include representatives of the five countries to identify lessons learned, program strengths, and successful methodologies; documented meeting topics to assist future initiatives.
•M.A., International Management (specializing in Finance), Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, AZ, U.S.A.
•M.A., Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, U.S.A.
•B.A., History (minor in Spanish, including residence in Mexico), Hanover College, Hanover, IN, U.S.A.
Affiliations and Achievements:
- BoP Housing Finance Conference: Investment strategies to scale up affordable housing finance, Miami, Florida, June 2011. Sponsored by Ashoka and CONFESOL
- Housing Finance Workshop for Sub-Saharan Africa, Wharton Real Estate Center, April 2011, Nairobi, Kenya. Sponsored by the World Bank, Finmark Trust, the African Union for Housing Finance and the International Finance Corporation
- Boulder Microfinance Training Program, March 2007, Courses taught in Spanish for first time, Santiago, Chile.
- Business Planning and Financial Modeling for Microfinance Institutions, June 2005, Course taught in Spanish by Charles Waterfield, Lima, Peru.
- Computer programs – Windows XP & 7 Ultimate, MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
- Photography: Skilled B&W and color photographer. Several photography courses at Centro de la Imagen, Lima, Peru. Accomplishments: Images of Peru -a book of B&W photos of highland and coastal Peru in the 60s and 80s - published by Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima, Peru (November 2010). Eight photography shows (Bolivia, Peru, and U.S.A.) of 26 B&W photos from rural and urban settings in Peru. College yearbook and newspaper staff photographer. College Editor’s Award for Photojournalism.

- Earthen Construction Methods in the Sierra of Peru, in Proceedings of the Earth USA Sixth International Earthbuilding Conference, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 30 – October 2, 2011, Cornelia Theimer Gardella, ed.
- Images of Peru, Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima, Peru, 2010 – see above
- Non-conventional Methods of Financing Housing for Low Income Urban Households in Peru, in The International Workshop on Earthen Buildings in Seismic Areas, Albuquerque, New Mexico 24–28 May 1981, Ian Davis and Paul Oliver, ed. Organized by: INTERTECT and the University of New Mexico, Supported by: National Science Foundation (NSF), Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), and Appropriate Technology International.
- Functions and Operations of a Central Finance Facility in the National Association of Credit Unions, World Council of Credit Unions, 1976.
- The Defiant Land (story of Peace Corps impressions), Friends Journal, 1967.

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Spanish
    United States
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