Who are we?
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 the chosen entrepreneur, a whole group of them or a micro-financial institution and get back the principal together with fixed interest.
What do we do?
It has been ten years since we started to finance sustainable development in developing countries. While the capital is abundant in the developing world, two-thirds of the population live in poverty and without access to financial services in developing regions. In myELEN.com the aim is to create a bridge between these two worlds: the one where the capital is in surplus with places where the capital is missing.
How do 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 do we do it?
We believe that supporting the proactivity of individuals gives them a lifetime chance. We believe that the prosperity of individuals leads to the prosperity of the whole society. We believe that small amounts can make a big difference. We believe that every single one of us has the power to make a positive impact in this world. With time being such a coveted commodity, wise investments (be it time, money or skills) need to be channeled correctly for the most beneficial output. In line with our values, the platform is a clear way of channeling money without the fluff or empty promises.
|Alesha Allard coming from a small green-minded town in the Pacific Northwest, Alesha utilizes her educational background in Communications and Performance Art to focus on the human element as a means for community building. As a member of the myELEN team, Alesha focuses her well-developed skills of diplomacy and business management to help grow the seeds of sustainability in our world.
René Bucarelli is an avatar, representing myELEN.com staff. Currently provides to myELEN.com services of support, thinking power and communication. René has got large expertise in agro-food chains, finance, microfinance, development and AI. René unites in his person many qualities of the rest of the team. He is a rigorous, utopic idealist with pragmatic powers and ability to structure and to get things done within larger frameworks.
Juan Martin Espinosa Mendoza comes from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Fresh graduate from the Master AgroFood Chain from the École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse (INP-ENSAT), in Toulouse, France. He has experience mainly on research in the following areas: assessment of contaminated sites due to mining activities, the environmental impact of the agrofood chains of transgenic crops, and the analysis of the agroecological transition in Europe. He is passionate about Agroecology. This passion took him to know about myELEN.com and now to be part of the team. Martin is interested in the promotion of Mexican culture, politics, and organizing social events.
Lenka Juvova studied the University of Economics in Prague, the specialization National economy. She has been working in finance for international companies both in the Czech Republic and abroad. During her studies she was living in Great Britain, traveled 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. She is a member of the Board of Microfinance a.s.
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. 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 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.
Pavel Hronek is the “spiritual father” of an internet-based patient-controlled electronic health records database that provides Czechs with 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 the guitar with a rock band B.LUES and loves to ride his Harley Davidson in summer.
Tomáš Hes is a Czech development economist. He is focused on microfinance and “ecosystemic finance” (financil models to make a positive change in the society) as well as on international agri-food distribution chains that entail sustainability aspects. One of the founders of MyElen charity platform. He holds Master (MSc) in Corporate economics from the University of Zittau and a Ph.D. in Microfinance from the Czech University of Life Sciences. Tomáš is a former professor at the Institute of Tropical AgriSciences at the Czech University of Life Science in Prague and Mexican universities of Tecnológico de Monterrey, Chapingo and Spanish Jaén as well as a co-founder of Czech Coalition for Biodiversity Conservation. In the past, he worked for several major corporate organizations.