Kapilananda Mondal has been promoting microfinance and community development in villages through West Bengal since 1983. Moving beyond traditional approaches to microfinance, he has introduced microbanking to villagers based on his belief that rural areas can generate investment capital from within their own communities. His approach has spread to hundreds of villages and has caught the attention of microfinance practitioners from around the world. Founder and CEO of VSSU, a well-respected, village-based, non-governmental organization (NGO), Mondal forged partnerships with international development institutions, commercial banks, local administrative bodies, and many others. Partnering with READ Global (founded by Incline resident Dr. Antonia Neubauer), he launched the Oceanic Library in the village of Ullon in West Bengal in 2008; the library has became the centerpiece for a village transformation. Recognized by the Ashoka Foundation as an Ashoka Fellow in 2002, Mr. Mondal will visit Sierra Nevada College following presentations at Harvard, the University of Chicago, and Purdue. Join us for an inspiring presentation by an extraordinary man.