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Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic by Hugh Sinclair

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3 Bob Dylan and I in Mozambique

To suggest that our decision to move to Mozambique was an informed one would fall short of factual accuracy.

I had met World Relief staffers in New York some months before while attending a conference. They were particularly interested in my experiences with struggling MFIs. A few months later they contacted me to ask if I would be interested in assisting them in Rwanda, Burundi, Mongolia, or Mozambique. Neither Jessica nor I had ever been to Africa or knew much about the place: it had animals, wars, and poverty. I remember reading something about two of the countries being particularly brutal and ruled them out immediately.

This was a major decision, and I needed to consult Jessica. I shouted upstairs: “Those ...

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