Partners and Funders
At MicroLoan, we are lucky enough to have had the support of some incredible corporate partners and donors over the last 10 years, without whom, our work really would not be possible. If you are interested in a corporate partnership with MicroLoan Foundation, our Fundraising Team would love you to get in touch. We have a great deal of experience in working with companies to meet their CSR goals, engage employees, and have fun raising money for a great cause! Please contact Lesley Talbot for more information – 020 8827 1691.
Alquity are an international investment house with a conscience. Alquity say no to the old-fashioned, greedy way of investing. They detest the fat-cats making a fast buck regardless of consequences. They say yes to capitalism with a conscience. Investments that deliver attractive returns by making the world a better place. They are different. They believe that doing good is good business. They back high potential businesses, but only those that are well run. Companies that look after their people, communities and the environment. Because these companies deliver better returns in the long run. They believe every person on the planet deserves the opportunity to succeed. Rather brilliantly they share up to 25% of their fees to give people a hand up in the communities where they invest. By creating more opportunities to succeed, they help local economies develop and thrive. This, in turn, helps fuel their investments.
Alquity paid our clients in Malawi a visit and this is what CSR Manager Kat Miller made of the trip,
“Microloan hosted an Alquity client trip to Malawi in October 2014. We were invited to join a business training session for one of the women’s cooperatives near Blantyre. It was clear to see that all of the women had good relationships with the field staff and were very engaged throughout the training session. The Microloan staff were really impressive, offering a clear translation and explanation of the session and encouraging discussion and debate.”
The Worshipful Company of World Traders is a modern livery with its members connected to international commerce. Its Charitable Trust is pleased to support the loan capital for women in Zambia to set up self sustainable businesses.
The US Organic Food retailer chose MicroLoan to be their partner in Malawi, support
ing us with loan capital over 3 years. MicroLoan has been featured in their stores in both the USA and UK.
The Language Factory is a UK based translation agency operating across the globe. Founded in 1992, they have over 20 years’ experience providing business translation services to a diverse range of industry sectors. Their success is based on excellent customer satisfaction, long term customer relationships and an excellent team of people. In 2010, The Language Factory sponsored a new MicroLoan branch in Malawi, and has funded loan capital as well as unrestricted funds for the UK. Owner, Shona Lockhart, explains “the work MicroLoan are doing in Africa is incredibly inspiring and everyone at The Language Factory is very proud to be able to support them.” Several employees from The Language Factory have taken part in the Malawi Challenge in previous years, raising a great deal for MicroLoan.
Capital Group, a US Asset Management company, has been supporting MicroLoan since the beginning of 2010. Capital has provided us with funding for client groups in Africa, as well as costs for running our Operations team. Various Capital employees have also taken part in the Malawi Challenge, raising a great deal for MicroLoan.
City Women Network is a community for senior professional women to connect, contribute and grow. For the last few years, they have supported a chosen charity each year. In 2013-2014, CWN are supporting MicroLoan as their Charity of the Year, following a member vote. Throughout the year, CWN will encourage its members to actively participate in initiatives for MicroLoan, including fundraising challenges, and offering pro-bono support on their specialist business areas. CWN will also hold two large events (summer drinks and September Gala Dinner) which will raise funds for MicroLoan. Brenda Trenowden, President of the CWN and MD, Head of UK & Ireland, Global Client Management, BNY Mellon, said “We are delighted to be able to support fellow businesswomen in Africa and in particular such driven and entrepreneurial women as those who come to MicroLoan”.
Surveying, property and design consultancy firm, GIA, have been supporting MicroLoan since 2007, when we were lucky enough to feature as their Charity of the Year. Over the years, staff at GIA have undertaken a range of fundraising for MicroLoan. In 2013, 5 staff are taking part in Run to the Beat in aid of MicroLoan Foundation, and the company continues to support us.
Paladin is an Australian Mining company that opened a mine in Malawi. They funded a Loan Manager as well as Loan Capital to support women living in Karonga district of Malawi.
IIR Limited is one of the world’s most recognised and trusted providers of exhibitions, trade conferences, seminars, business information and networking experiences, particularly in the finance sector. IIR has been supporting MicroLoan since 2011, and has funded various aspects of the charity, including most recently, one of our Loan Officers.
SDL is a global leader in providing expert web content management; structured content solutions; language technology; and multilingual translation software and translation services. SDL has been supporting MicroLoan since 2009, and their support has included branch sponsorship, funding of loan officers across Malawi. SDL’s continued support is enabling us to reach more women in Malawi.
Top 100 advertising agency, DLKW Lowe, have been providing MicroLoan with digital marketing, branding and advertising support on a pro-bono basis since 2006. DLKW Lowe’s support is invaluable for MicroLoan. Amongst other things, in 2012, they developed a digital fundraising campaign called “Pennies for Life”, which won a prestigious Gold Cannes Lions Award, was featured on the electronic advertising board at Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, and was heralded as groundbreaking in both the fundraising and media indust
ries. More recently, DLKW Lowe developed another fundraising campagin, the Digital Charity Box, which launched at Shepherd’s Bush digital screen in March 2013. They have also recently enabled MicroLoan’s re-brand.
Global technology PR fiirm, Axicom, has been supporting MicroLoan on a pro-bono basis since 2009. The team at Axicom provide vital PR support for MicroLoan’s fundraising and communications activity, and help get the cause recognised in local and national press and media.
International lawyers, Allen & Overy, has a pro-bono department supporting microfinance. MicroLoan has been lucky enough to receive excellent legal support to our operations in the UK, USA and Africa. Previous corporate supporters have included The Body Shop, AngloAmerican, Russel Investments, Innocent, Deloitte, Gaia, Ashurst, Davton, Media Ingenuity, Sweat Shop, Omega, Gender IQ.
We are organisational members of the Social Performance Taskforce.
Social performance management is standard business practice and considered fundamental to achieving the social promise of microfinance.
To engage with microfinance stakeholders to develop, disseminate and promote standards and good practices for social performance management and reporting.
We are campaign supporters of the Smart Campaign.
Savoo.co.uk is an online fundraising platform website where consumers can search the web and save through using voucher and discount codes, but also raise money for charities they support at the same time – at no expense to them. Thanks to the Bing-powered search engine, Savoo users can use the internet as they normally do, but Savoo will donate 1p for every completed, legitimate search. Savoo will donate up to 50% of its affiliate commissions that it receives on sales to the charity the consumer chooses. Read more about our partnership here.