NIAMH GOGGIN Director, Small Change (NI) Ltd

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  • February 20, 2014

Niamh Goggin has worked in social investment, social enterprise and social impact in the UK, Europe and Central America since 1991.  She was the first Chair of the Community Development Finance Association and first Secretary of the European Microfinance Network.  Her experience includes setting up the first stand-alone microfinance organisation in the UK and raising £2 million in social investment and £4 million in deposits for Charity Bank in Northern Ireland.  She is currently working with Big Local Trust, a £200m spend-down foundation endowed by the Big Lottery, developing a social investment system for local level credit unions and CDFIs across England.  Her hero is Dean Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, who used £500 of his own money to lend to poor industrious tradesmen in Dublin, guaranteed by their neighbours, with weekly repayments and no loan losses.  She is a trustee of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

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