At MicroLoan Foundation, female entrepreneurship is central to the work we do. Join us for our series to celebrate female entrepreneurs.
By providing small loans, training and on-going support to rural women living in poverty, MicroLoan helps women to become successful micro entrepreneurs. The businesses they set up change their families’ future, improving their food security, increasing the number of children in education and helping them to secure financial independence. Becoming an entrepreneur strengthens the woman’s status in the community. Our clients report that not only has their financial situation improved but they are more confident as a result of joining a MicroLoan group.
Women make up 70% of the world’s poor and 145 million women are unbanked in sub-Saharan Africa. But supporting women to become entrepreneurs will help change these statistics.
Since 2002, MicroLoan has helped over 150,000 women. As a result over 600,000 children have increased access to nutrition and healthcare, and the chance of an education. With MicroLoan’s support, our clients have the opportunity to build a better future for the next generation.
“My plan for the future is to build a house for my children and send them to school to give them a bright future.”
Women’s Development Board
The Women’s Development Board in the UK is vital to the work we do. They are a committee of inspiring and successful businesswomen who donate their time and resources to support our mission to give all those living in poverty a chance of a better future. This autumn, our Women’s Development Board is running an exciting event series: Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs. The series will bring together leading experts and innovators in their fields, offering an insight into the journey our inspiring female panellists faced to get to where they are today.
Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs
Each event will have a sector focus. Starting the series off will be Media, Communications and Brand on 21st November. The moderator for this is ‘brand guru’ Rita Clifton CBE and speakers include Shruti Malani Krishnan, Co-founder of Powr of You, Lucy Ward, Creative Director at Trouva, Marjella Alma, CEO & Co-founder of Datamara, Emma Kane, CEO of Redleaf PR and Allegra McEvedy MBE, writer, broadcaster and Co-founder of LEON.
In January there will be our FinTech event, where our moderator is Jenny Tooth OBE of UKBAA and speakers include Sarah Harvey, Head of Square UK, Diana Paredes, CEO & Co-founder of Suade, and Brigitte Baumann, Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Go Beyond.
All of the entrepreneurs and experts are donating their time so that the proceeds can go directly to helping a woman in Africa start a business to lift herself and her family out of poverty. For the price of each ticket, one woman can be given a start-up loan, training and support to set up their own business.