What we are
myELEN.com (my Electronic Loan Exchange Network) is a Czech portal focusing on financing microfinance, cooperative and development projects in developing countries. Via myELEN.com everyone can financially support chosen entrepreneur, a whole group of them or a microfinancial institution and get back the principal together with fixed interest.
What we do
It has been seven years since we started to help place sustainable development finance to developing countries. Whereas in the developed world capital exceeds, two thirds of people live in poverty and without access to financial services. In myELEN.com we thus intend to bridge two worlds: the one where the capital is in surplus with places where the capital is missing.
How we do it
We follow the seven principles of Social Business, developed by Bangladeshi economist, founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. Our objective is not only profit, i.e. achieve financial and economic sustainability, but also to overcome a specific problem that jeopardizes the entire society or nature.
Why we do it
We believe that supporting proactivity of individuals gives them a lifetime chance.
We believe that prosperity of individuals leads to prosperity of the whole society.
We believe that small amounts can make a big difference.
Tomas Hes is a Czech economist focused on development finance. He collected his work experience in Europe and development markets in Latin America. He used to work as a consultant and a banker in Central and Southern Europe. In Mexico, he matured in many positions in local MFIs, investment fund Oikocredit and also took part in non-profit activities related to development of Mexican rural areas. He studied Economics in Technical university in Liberec and gained Master of Science (MSc) in Internationales Hochschulinstitut in Zittau, Germany. His childhood was spent in Germany, Portugal and Czech Republic. He is the founder of the project myELEN.com.
Anna Polednakova graduated from the University of Economics of Prague where she majored in International Trade and Development Studies. During her studies, she spent one semester at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires and six months in Bolivia, working in microfinance. She also took part in non-profit activities committed to serving children on the streets in Bolivian La Paz. She speaks English and Spanish. Her leisure time is dedicated to traveling and volunteering.
Lenka Juvova studied the University of Economics in Prague, the specialization National economy. The theme of her thesis was the economic development of China. She has been working in finance for international companies both in Czech republic and abroad. During her studies she was living in Great Britain, travelled mostly in Europe, later she focused on Spanish speaking part of the world, spent 6 months in Chile and currently she is living in Spain.
Robin Maialeh studies at the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Life Sciences in Prague. He also studied the Business and Administration at the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. He is interested in analysis of globalization and capitalism based on economic theory, contextualized with social and political philosophy. He works in Association for development cooperation. Robin is also a member of macroeconomic and foreign policy sections of the initiative ProAlt. Further activities are related to the Initiative for free Syria. His leisure time is dedicated to sport.
Mr. Miroslav Zamecnik’s professional experience encompass the areas of distressed asset resolution, systemic changes in transition economies, trade policy issues, financial sector development, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Zamecnik regularly interacted with international institutions such as EU, OECD, IMF and World Bank with respect to enterprise and financial sector reform, health care financing reform, bankruptcy and workout procedures in the Czech Republic. He obtained his graduate degree in commerce from the University of Economics in Prague in 1984. He completed a six-month Pew Fellow Program at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, in 1993. He also received training in bankruptcy and insolvency procedures and financial analysis from the World Bank, and consultants’ training from Arthur D. Little, Inc. Today he has his own consulting business.
Pavel Kohout has worked in financial markets since 1993 at various positions. Professionally he focuses on securities, portfolio management, and investment funds. To some point he is involved in public finance and pension reform. He worked at PPF, at Komero Brokerage House, and at ING Investment Management. He also worked as an external advisor to two Czech Ministers of Finance, Mr. B. Sobotka and Mr. V. Tlusty. He holds a stake in Partners for Life Planning a.s., where he serves as Director for Strategy responsible for product development and training. At Microfinance a.s., he is the Chairman of the Board. He published several books on investing, finance and economics, as well as many articles in leading Czech, Slovak and English newspapers and magazines. His main hobbies include literature, history and creative photography.
Jan Veverka graduated from Prague’s Conservatory in 1999. He started his career in the business division of the company Cesky mobil, a.s., telecommunication operator of the network called Oskar, where he was responsible for the corporate clientele. In 2001 he entered the position of Commercial Director at the company Cesky pekar (Czech Baker), which represented a network of industrial bakeries. In 2004 he accepted the proposal to work as Banker for Citigroup, where he was later promoted to Senior Banker for the top private clientele and since November 2007 he has worked for the investment company AXA, in the department of Strategic Assets as Business Development Director, followed by position of a secretary of the head of Czech Railways a.s. He is also a certificated investment consultant according to the standards of Citigroup.
Jan Dostal received his degree in international trade at the University of Economics in Prague. Since 1977 he devoted his professional carrier to the development of international tourism. He is a founder and a partner of the company H&H Hotels and VIP Club Casino. Currently he resides in Prague. He is divorced and has two children. He speaks English, French and Italian. His hobbies are literature, sport and art.
Pavel Hronek is the “spiritual father” of an internet based patient controlled electronic health records database that provides Czechs with a secure access to their health data. The project won international acclaim, receiving numerous awards including the World Summit Award for “The best eContent project” in eHealth applications in 2005. Pavel served as a physician in the largest Czech hospital in Prague, later becoming a successful entrepreneur in the health care business, founding a private clinic specialized at immunity disorders, managing a pharmaceutical company as well as a business importing laboratory equipment. He is married with three children. He is an agile sportsman, plays a guitar with a rock band B.LUES and loves to ride his Harley Davidson in summer.