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In the UK and internationally, MicroLoan has strong governance, management and accountability structures to ensure it’s professionalism, performance management and efficiency.

Peter Ryan – CEO & Founder

Peter Photo Peter Ryan is a Chiswick businessman with a background in starting up businesses in Europe and Africa. A trip to the Philippines in 97 to see the work of a student friend who was making small business start – up loans to poor people encouraged him to set up the MicroLoan Foundation. It fitted his skill base, ‘knowing what needed to be done and then bringing in the right people to help’. He started the main work in Malawi in 2002 subsequently moving into Zambia and developed it whilst running a successful food business in the UK. MicroLoan subsequently became his main passion.‘We have established a very sound base, now is the time to capitalise on it and help many more people’

 Siegfried Kofi Gbadago – Acting CEO Malawi

seigfred Siegfried Kofi Gbadago has 18 years in Accounting, Finance, Microfinance and Treasury roles; of which the last 10 years have been in the Management positions in the Microfinance sector. He worked for Opportunity International Savings and Loans (Ghana) Ltd and Express Savings and Loans (Ghana) Ltd as Management Accountant and Head of Finance & Treasury respectively before joining MicroLoan Foundation Malawi as the Head of Finance in March 2014. He is currently in the acting capacity as the Chief Executive Officer. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and holds Executive MBA from GIMPA, Ghana.

Kenson Chiphaka – CEO Zambia

Kenson picture 1 Kenson is the first employee and CEO for the MicroLoan Foundation in Africa. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and 17 years of experience in microfinance. Kenson started MicroLoan Malawi from scratch in 2002 and managed it until it grew and received recognition as a major leanding institution. Kenson then went onto repeat this success by starting MicroLoan Zambia from scratch after 2007.

 Mateo Zanetic – Director of Operations

 FullSizeRender Mateo joined the Charity in July 2014 as a consultant. From January 2015 he took a permanent position as Regional Director for Africa. Mateo graduated with a degree in Management Accounting and Corporate Finance from Wits University. After that he spent few years as a business consultant. In 2005, he joined The Small Enterprise Foundation, a leading micro-finance institution in South Africa as an Administration Manager. He went on to assume various Senior Management Roles in Organization. In 2008, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer till he started with MLF as a consultant.

Lance Stewart – Head of Finance and Admin

 IMG_1383 Lance joined the charity in December 2013 having acquired extensive financial management experience across a wide range of sectors in Africa having initially served his articles with KPMG, whilst completing his accounting qualifications and then moving into the manufacturing industry, managing his own business and thereafter entering the non profit development sector with TechnoServe and Twin Trading in 2005. Lance has more recently worked across Africa providing financial management and business development support to Fairtrade certified producer Cooperatives before joining Twin & Twin Trading as the Head of Finance in October 2011.

Nas Morley – Director of Fundraising and Marketing

 Nas Nas Morley is a fundraising leader who first developed her commercial, partnership and marketing skills in the financial services industry working for the likes of GE, Prudential and Santander. In 2010 Nas achieved her long held dream to work for an organisation committed to improving the lives of others when she swapped her career in retail finance for fundraising. Nas spent five years leading fundraising teams at Breakthrough Breast Cancer developing corporate partnerships with the likes of M&S, Avon and Adidas. Nas built and led the High Value fundraising team combining the major giving and corporate fundraising streams to maximise the potential of high value relationships. Nas joined MicroLoan in April 2015 and her focus will be to develop and implement a strategy to grow income and engagement from all donor channels.

Daniella Hawkins – Social Performance Manager

Daniella Hawkins Daniella has worked at MicroLoan since 2009, and spent a year in Malawi setting up the Social Performance Management Programme. Daniella has 9 years international development and research experience, including a Masters from Kings College London, a year spent setting up a community-based enterprise in Zambia, and managing programmes for an international grant-making organisation.

Lesley Talbot – Head of Corporates, Trusts and Foundations


Lesley has a successful track record of creating and managing strategic partnerships with companies, trusts and foundations, statutory, and institutional funders. She also has experience in creating, implementing and evaluating programmes and campaigns designed to deliver impact within challenging timeframes and budgets.  Prior to her career in the voluntary sector, Lesley worked as a business-to-business public relations consultant designing and managing marketing and communication campaigns on behalf of a range of companies. Lesley manages our long-term partnerships with grant-making institutions and business clients as well as leading a team at MicroLoan who are building relationships with and generating income from corporates, trusts and foundations.

Kasia Bailey – Fundraising Manager

 Kasia After an inspiring trip to Southern Africa, Kasia decided to pursue a more fulfilling career in the voluntary sector and leave the world of retail management behind.  Her first toe in the water was as a street fundraiser, and she found it a brilliant way to connect with organisations, members of the public and like-minded individuals, whilst fundraising for causes she was passionate about. There was no turning back. After spending several years working as Head of London operations for one of the UK’s largest Face to Face agencies, she further developed her fundraising skills at Catch22 as a Relationship Manager responsible for managing key funders including Major Donors, Corporates and Trust/Foundations, before joining Microloan Foundation in June 2014.

Madeleine van Hilten (Peijs) – Trusts & Foundations Fundraising Officer

 Madeleine Madeleine joined MicroLoan in August 2015 after working for Greenhouse Sports, Plan UK, and ActionAid as a generalist fundraiser. She also gained experience as an intern in fundraising teams at Cancer Research UK and Missing People. Before embarking on a career in the non-profit sector Madeleine volunteered for many different organisations such as an animal shelter in Cairo and a children’s hospital in Houston, while maintaining an international career as a petroleum geologist. Her expertise lies in raising funds from Trusts and Foundations, but  she has also enjoyed working with corporate partners and supporting events. Being passionate about the subject, Madeleine obtained a certificate in International Development from the University of British Columbia in 2014 through an online study programme. In her current role Madeleine manages our relationships with small and medium-sized trusts and foundations.

Elisabeta Pashaj – Finance Assistant

IMG-20150521-WA000 An experienced finance assistant and expert with numbers, Elisabeta joined the Microloan team in October last year and became permanent in April 2015, working alongside Head of Finance Lance Stewart. Prior to working at MicroLoan, Elisabeta worked for M&S for over three years whilst she was studying. Elisabeta also studied an AAT at Hammersmith and at West London College.

Magdalena Guerin – Programmes Officer

IMG_20150618_140750-2~2-1 Magdalena joined MicroLoan Foundation as our Programmes Intern in February 2013 and became permanent at the end of 2013. Magdalena studied International Relations at SciencesPo Lyon, a French university focused on Political Sciences, specialising in Cooperation and Development in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). Magda works with our Head of Operations, Social Performance Manager and the teams in Africa to support the running of our operations magdalena.guerin@mlf.org.uk

Claudia Esseen-Jayes – Marketing & Digital Communications

cej Claudia joined MicroLoan in 2015 as Marketing and Digital Communications Officer. Claudia worked in marketing and advertising before joining the charity sector, working on campaigns for large international brands. She studied International Relations at the University of Birmingham, specialising in Middle Eastern and African politics. Claudia works with the fundraising team on campaigns, branding, events marketing and all things digital and is working towards raising the profile of MicroLoan.

Dr Alex Evan-Wong – Director, Scotland

Dr Alex Evan-Won Alex is a medical consultant who worked in Malawi in 2005 through Rotary International Doctor Bank. He has been involved with fundraising and providing medical equipment since then, remaining very involved with Malawi. Alex joined MicroLoan Scotland as Director (Honorary) in December 2012 and will be helping us raise funds and the profile of MicroLoan Foundation in Scotland. Alex’s other interests include care home and holiday property construction and management companies.

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We provide loans and ongoing business training to female entrepreneurs. When they're able, they pay back the loan. We use this money to make more loans, to more women.

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To help the poorest women in rural Africa to help themselves and their families out of poverty.

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