We work with amazingly inspiring, enterprising women in Malawi and Zambia. These stories demonstrate the huge impact that the loans and training they receive from MicroLoan has on their lives, and how your support helps give hope, not handouts...
Ileen, 31, has been with MicroLoan for 10 years. After 20 successive loans, Ileen has diversified from selling a few chickens, to rearing and selling chickens and pigs, and buying and selling pots and pans.
Eneless is a real entrepreneur. She buys and sells goats, and has a small grocery business. The success of her businesses have enabled her to send her 7 children to school and buy a solar panel for her house.
Catherine is an amazing example of the huge impact that MicroLoan Foundation has on women's lives. Since receiving her first loan over 10 years ago, Catherine and her family's lives have been transformed.
Agnes' business selling fried chicken and goat is very popular in her village. The profits from her business have already made a big difference to her family's life, Agnes plans to develop her business further and to diversify.
With just 8% of Malawians connected to a national grid and even that becoming increasingly unreliable of late, MicroLoan has been developing some new business opportunities for the women we help to benefit from solar energy.
Beatrice has developed a successful business rearing chickens. She used her first loan to buy a batch of chicks and to build a chicken shed in her garden. Beatrice has grown her business and now has around 100 chickens.
Littania runs her own fish selling business. The profits from her business have enabled her to send her children to school and to help her elderly parents.
Rumphi, North Malawi: MicroLoan has launched an exciting and, hopefully, prosperous, scheme aimed at helping honey farmers in the area. Our two volunteers, Yusef and Charlotte, visit the region to find out how things are going.
Like many of the industrious women in the Chikondano Credit Group, Funny Mbewe has enjoyed a lot of success in her retail business since the start of her first loan cycle with the MicroLoan Foundation.
Twice a week the small hut at the back of Elina Soko’s one bedroom mud brick house is transformed into a bakery. With no oven and only a pile of hot coals on the floor to work with, this poses more than a few technical challenges.
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