MicroLoan was shortlisted in the International Aid & Development award at the prestigious Charity Awards 2010 and despite missing out on the top award, the charity’s innovative microfinance work in rural Africa was given the Awards’ “highly commended” status.
The charity has achieved a huge amount in its short life since beginning operations in Malawi in 2002. MicroLoan works with women who are marginalised economically and socially, providing them with business skills, financial services and ongoing mentoring support to enable them to work their own way out of poverty. The charity provides a “hand-up not a hand-out”, working with women in remote rural areas who other organisations choose not to help.
The Charity Awards were a celebrity-studded black-tie gala dinner in London’s West End last night, June 10th. All the charities involved received fantastic recognition and appreciation of their work from over 800 guests from the sector, along with many special guests from the world of politics, sport and entertainment, ably hosted by the comedienne Jo Brand.
MicroLoan was proud to be honoured alongside such an impressive selection of ground-breaking charities from many diverse areas of the voluntary sector. Such recognition is a true validation of the hard work and commitment of the charity’s staff and volunteers in Africa and the UK.