Founder and director of ACAF, organisation that developes the “Self Financing Communities Model” in Europe. Chosen social entrepreneur of Ashoka in 2006. Winner of the World’s Creative Young Entrepreneur Award, CYEA, in 2007. Winner of the European Best Microfinance Practice in 2009. Chosen Globalizer Social Entrepreneur of Ashoka in 2010.
“Self Financing Communities” are groups of 10 to 30 low income people that buy shares to create a credit fund to finance themselves with no external money. Only members can invest in the group. As owners, they decide the credit conditions –interest rate, terms, and collaterals- and they receive all the benefits of the credit activity. It is completely self managed and self financed.
Jean Claude studied World Economy and has a PhD in Microfinance.
He worked 4 years in indigenous communities in Guatemala, where he founded and directed “Mayan Treasures” (Best Latinamerican Indigenous Project Award in 2001).
He teaches in Universidad Ramon Llull in Barcelona and in different business schools. He has participated as a speaker in more tan 30 countries around the world.
He wrote the book “World Economy and Development”.