Kendra Thorogood

Combining finance and development through microfinance, social finance, and impact investing


My experience involves researching impact investing alongside a recognized expert in the field, leading a successful grant application for a local micro-loans program, and analyzing the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh through a CIDA-funded internship.


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Aga Khan Foundation Canada International MicroFinance Fellow
Financial Management – The First MicroFinance Bank Tajikistan

Dushanbe, Tajikistan
June 2013 to Present

The International Fellowship Program offers an extraordinary training program and an eight-month overseas placement to recent university graduates and young professionals who are 30 years or under.
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Managing investor relations and conducting requested financial analysis for the due diligence process required by major impact investing firms; secured USD $3MM in financing to date;
Modeling the 2014-2016 business plan for submission to board members and shareholders;
Developing a financial methodology for assessing the profitability of business segments;
Will assist in implementing the Grameen Foundation’s Progress Out of Poverty Index.

Take a look at my blog post about working at FMFB here.

Research Assistant
Carleton Centre for Community Innovation
January to May 2013


Co-authored a third-party funded report on impact investing in real assets in the United States;
Surveyed 40 newcomers to Canada, analyzed results using Excel and SPSS, and developed recommendations to improve financial literacy workshops for the OCLF micro-loan project (mentioned below).

imgres-4Executive Assistant
Ottawa Community Loan Fund
June to December 2012

Analyzed, compiled, and presented extensive data to justify the demand for microloans for startup businesses amongst immigrants in Ottawa; secured financing from the City of Ottawa;
Led a successful proposal for a $50,000 grant for a project that was recognized at the First Annual Ottawa Immigration Forum;
Single-handedly developed a detailed social return on investment (SROI) analysis for the successful funding proposal.

Grameen Bank, Grameen Trust
Dhaka, Bangladesh
January to April 2012

Selected for the Students for Development internship program partially administered by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA);
Completed field work sessions that involved working directly with clients and their loan-funded projects; compiled a report for Grameen Bank based on information obtained from field work and other observations;
Conducted a complete operational and financial analysis of Grameen America Inc. and Turkish Grameen Microcredit Program; composed a report for Grameen Trust with recommendations that were pursued by the Managing Director.

International business student working with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Grameen Bank in Bangladesh

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Carleton Tutor Referral Service
October to December 2010

Assisted students in developing knowledge and understanding of accounting practices.

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Carleton University
May to June 2010

Assisted the professor in relaying class material and supporting the students in their learning process;
Graded all assignments in detail and under time pressure.

treks_properties_02Operations Assistant
Treks Properties and Management
May to August 2009

Utilized Simply Accounting software to oversee all bookkeeping operations;
Analyzed company statistics to identify room for improvement in operations.