MUSTARD SEED CONSULTING
Petronella Chigara-Dhitima is a Microfinance expert with more than 24 years of experience in 17 African countries and other developing countries in Asia and Latin America. Petronella manages her own consulting firm, Mustard Seed Consulting, and some of the current major clients include Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Youth Foundation. She is a certified Smart Assessor and has conducted institutional assessments in Uganda, Ghana, and India. Prior to this, she was ACCION’s Africa Hub Manager and Project Manager, leading the technical assistance team for EB - ACCION and heading the Africa Training Centre based in Ghana. She has been instrumental in spearheading microfinance banks’ greenfield operations in West Africa, and setting up microfinance divisions in two different banks in Zimbabwe. She has held operational, managerial, and senior advisory positions at both retail and wholesale levels, in institutions such as ACCION, International Labor Organization (ILO), CARE Zimbabwe, and Zambuko Trust. Furthermore, she has shown an ability to transfer her skills and knowledge to counterparts, colleagues, and subordinates in several varied cultural and organizational settings.
Petronella has been teaching at the Boulder Microfinance Training Program for the past 16 years. She is an accredited trainer with MicroSave and a Master Trainer for the ITC-ILO Making Microfinance Work courses. She is an associate with Microfinance Opportunities and an International Trainer for ILO in financial education training.