Laura Ellis

Laura Hunter


"The Surprising Financial Lives of the Poor in the Majority World and Church-centered Financial Ministries

If you lived on a few dollars day, how would you provide food for your children, pay for your daughter’s weddings, or manage emergencies? Learn about how those in poverty use a variety of financial services to meet their needs. In this session you will discover how the poor in the majority world use a variety of financial services and discuss how church-centered financial ministries can help the poor and the church.



Laura Ellis (Hunter) is from Washington State and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Assessment from Western Washington University. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Management/International Development from Hope International University.  Laura served with Food for the Hungry from 2006-2013 helping to support savings group programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America until 2013. While working with savings groups, Laura became a passionate supporter and firm believer in the incredible potential that groups have to address both spiritual and physical poverty.  She currently is the Director of Savings Group Ministries at the Chalmers Center. The Chalmers Centers equips churches to walk alongside people who are poor, breaking the spiritual, social, and material bonds of poverty.