100%
women
90%
rural
70%
live below $2.50 poverty line
Extensive Training & Support
MicroLoan Foundation Malawi is where MicroLoan Foundation started its operations back in 2002. We now have 22 branches and eight satellites operating across the country. Four of these branches were opened in the first quarter of 2022, and three opened during 2021, demonstrating impressive growth.

Malawi currently ranks 174 in the Human Development Index reflecting the depth of poverty that MicroLoan Malawi’s clients face. Operations in Malawi focus on serving rural women in under-reached communities. MicroLoan Malawi provides loans and ongoing business and financial literacy training to clients across its branches. With a large proportion of clients engaging in farming, MicroLoan Malawi also offers a agricultural and irrigation loans.

As part of the five-year strategic plan, MicroLoan Malawi aims to scale up its geographical reach and enhance its services through product diversification and digitalisation.

Number of active clients

39,077

Number of branches
(including satellites)

22

PAR30(%)

2.3%

Average loan size (USD)

$110

Loan Officers

89

Loan book (USD)

$2,850,547

Operational self-sufficiency (%)

115%

No. of clients per Loan & Training Officer

444

Data as of 30 September 2022. For latest data please see quarterly operations reports.

Mobile Money

As of August 2022, MicroLoan has trained 9,176 women to use mobile money banking, making up 23% of total active clients. Five operational areas – Salima, Lilongwe, Zomba, Kasungu and Mzuzu – have been part of the pilot and the testing will be rolled out to Blantyre, Mwanza and Chikwawa. Following the success of this pilot, MLF Malawi will integrate the system into the Musoni core banking platform which will reduce the overall administrative burden of manual disbursements and repayments. The aim is to test and roll out mobile money across all branches by the end of 2022.

Leadership Team

Davison Rakasi - CEO

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Davison Rakasi

CEO

Joseph Kaipa - Deputy CEO and COO

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Joseph Kaipa

Deputy CEO and COO

Majora Somba - CFO

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Majora Somba

CFO

Randall Williams - Technical Advisor

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Randall Williams

Technical Advisor

Board of Directors

Charles Mandala - Chairperson

Charles Mandala

Chairperson

Medha Wilson - Director and Group CEO

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Medha Wilson

Director and Group CEO

Nick Hall - Director

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Nick Hall

Director

Bernadette Mandoloma - Director

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Bernadette Mandoloma

Director

Robert Phiri - Director

Robert Phiri

Director

Mateo Zanetic - Director

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Mateo Zanetic

Director

McNeil Mhango - Director

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McNeil Mhango

Director

Riz Khan - Director

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Riz Khan

Director

Fannie Perisha Gondwe - Director

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Fannie Perisha Gondwe

Director

Quarterly Operational Reports

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If you are seeking a loan, please contact our teams in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

    We do not currently operate outside of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe so you are not eligible for a loan at this time. If you would like to speak to a member of our team: [email protected]

    Our Partners

    Davison Rakasi

    CEO

    Davison is an accomplished executive with over 15 years’ experience in Banking and Microfinance. Davison is currently the Chief Executive Officer for MicroLoan Foundation Malawi. Prior to joining MicroLoan Foundation, Davison worked as Interim CEO at a microfinance organisation after gaining significant exposure to operations, technology deployment, sales & marketing, strategy development, and project management in his previous role as Chief Operations Officer.

    In his career to date, Davison has held various roles where he was responsible for leading initiatives that strengthened organisational risk management and compliance, as well as customer acquisition and retention. Davison holds a BSc in Accounting and an MBA from Malawi Institute of Management.

    Joseph Kaipa

    Deputy CEO and COO

    Joseph Kaipa joined Microloan Foundation in 2008 as a loan officer. He went to assume various roles in the organization such as Branch Manager in 2009, Senior Social Performance Management Officer in 2012 and Senior Regional Manager in 2015. In 2017, he was appointed to the role of Chief Operations Officer.

    Joseph has been instrumental in the growth and expansion of MLF’s operations across Malawi and more recently in overseeing the company's thrust towards operational sustainability. Joseph holds a BBA in Strategic Management from Columbia Commonwealth University and a Diploma in Community Development from ABMA. In 2019 he completed an executive development course at the University of Cape Town and in 2018 he also completed a course in Rural and Agriculture finance program with Boulder Institute of Microfinance.

    Joseph is the Acting CEO of MicroLoan Foundation Malawi as of May 2022.
    As of May 2022, Joseph stepped in as Interim CEO, and as of November 2022, he became Deputy CEO.

    Majora Somba

    CFO

    Majora is a knowledgeable finance leader with extensive experience in the audit, banking and financial sectors with companies including First Capital Bank, Opportunity International Bank, New Finance Bank, Malawi Revenue Authority and KPMG. Majora is a Fellow of the ACCA (2011) and qualified with ACCA in 2005.

    Randall Williams

    Technical Advisor

    Randall Williams was the Chief Executive Officer for MicroLoan Foundation Malawi until May 2022. In this role he was responsible for leading the implementation processes of the organisation’s strategies aimed at achieving MicroLoan Foundation’s goals.

    Originally from Jamaica, Randall has lived and worked across different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, bringing with him a wide range of skills in banking, fintech and microfinance. He’s no stranger to Malawi having lived and worked there in 2016 during his time with Zoona Group.

    Randall obtained his bachelor’s degree in Management Studies and Economics from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica), and holds a Masters in Finance from the University of London (UK). He also recently completed an Executive Certificate in Financial Inclusion from Harvard University (USA).

    Medha Wilson

    Director and Group CEO

    Medha Wilson is the Chief Executive Officer at MicroLoan Foundation. In her current role she oversees the activities of MicroLoan’s operations in Africa and is responsible for developing the overall strategy of the Group. She serves on the board of the three MicroLoan subsidiaries in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

    Medha has extensive experience in financial inclusion in both senior operational and investment management roles in emerging and frontier markets, across Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her expertise also includes establishing and scaling-up of greenfield operations, turnaround of struggling entities and governance. She also has considerable experience in engaging with a broad range of social and impact investors.

    Medha is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from The London School of Economics.

    Nick Hall

    Director

    Nick is the director of Development Management Associates CIC, a management consulting firm operating in Lilongwe, Malawi where Nick has lived for over 20 years. DMA specialises in enabling Malawian organisations to realise their potential, by facilitating key players to identify blockages, engage ‘reform entrepreneurs’ to find practical solutions, then implement solutions through ‘test, learn and adapt’ cycles.

    Nick got a BA at Cambridge University, UK in Natural Science/Psychology. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he spent 15 years as director of finance, and of HR, of international manufacturing groups. He then switched to non-profit work, spending 7 years as CFO at INGO Plan International, where he acquired his enthusiasm for rural micro-finance in many of the 45 developing countries supported by Plan. He then chose to end HQ-based work, joining Plan in one of those countries, Malawi. After a couple of years he left Plan to become an independent consultant.

    He is now sought out for his work, done exclusively in Malawi, in governance, decentralisation and aid effectiveness, with an increasing proportion of his work done pro bono. He is also known for his involvement in local organisations and activities in sectors like environment, child protection and visual arts.

    Bernadette Mandoloma

    Director

    Bernadette Mandoloma is a Professional Business Executive with over thirty years of increasingly responsible experience in the financial services and agricultural sectors. She has skills with solid experience in strategic business management; accounting & reporting at company, group and shareholder level; banking; insurance; financial inclusion; investments management and company restructuring. Bernadette is retired from active roles having worked in a number of organizations in various positions as Chief Executive Officer for NBS Bank PLC; Finance Director for NICO Holdings PLC; Chief Executive Officer for Press Agriculture Limited; Investments Manager for Press Trust and Financial Controller of the then INDEBANK Financial Services Limited.

    Bernadette is a Chartered Management Accountant. She holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Finance (M.Sc. Acc & Fin) from University of Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom; Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy) (B.Com) from University of Malawi and a Diploma in Business Studies (Dip. Bus) also from University of Malawi.

    Bernadette has served as Non Executive Director on Key Malawi Institutions (past and present).

    Mateo Zanetic

    Director

    Regional Director and Chief Executive Officer Zimbabwe, Board of Directors Zambia

    Mateo Zanetic is the Regional Director of MicroLoan Foundation. In his current role he is responsible for operations management, which includes providing hands-on support to MLF CEOs in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Mateo serves on all three MLF subsidiaries. His responsibilities include providing guidance and troubleshooting in areas related to expansion to new operational areas and products, development of annual budgets and setting of performance targets for operational staff. Mateo heads the Social Performance Management function and is responsible for developing the evolving SPM framework and the reporting of SPM findings to both internal and external stakeholders. Currently, Mateo also serves as a CEO of MLF Zimbabwe.

    Mateo has an extensive background in microfinance operations in Southern Africa, specifically in scale-up of activities, integrating social performance in operational decision-making and in people management.

    He holds a degree in Management Accounting and Corporate Finance from Wits University.

    McNeil Mhango

    Director

    McNeil Mhango is a dedicated IT specialist with more than 14 years of experience overseeing the development of large-scale digital platforms. McNeil has successfully designed and implemented a number of remarkable technological platforms in Malawi and Namibia. His experience includes constructing long-lasting solutions for e-government services, e-commerce, e-procurement, e-identity, and digital payments while collaborating with a wide spectrum of stakeholders. McNeil holds a master's degree in ICT and the knowledge society and is currently working on his PhD in Information Systems.

    Riz Khan

    Director

    Rizvaan Khan is a Malawi national and has more than 20 years of trade and developmental experience in the agriculture and horticulture sectors. He has spent much of his career in Africa, working in Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. He brings in-depth knowledge of agriculture value chains and has supported the development and funding of agriculture-based commercial out- grower schemes and promoted business linkages of commercial farmers to markets.

    Earlier in his career, Rizvaan was a Senior Business Advisor for TechnoServe Inc., where he developed and advised horticulture and agriculture development initiatives. Rizvaan also oversaw business management and development for the USAID-funded EMPRENDA (Empowering Private Enterprise in the Development of Agriculture) program that developed horticulture activities in the Beira Corridor in Mozambique. He has also served as a Business Associate for AgDevCo Malawi, where he oversaw general programme and investment operations, scoping potential investments that were applicable to country portfolios. Currently, he is the Agriculture and Economic Diversification Programme Manager at the Agriculture Transformation Initiative (ATI) a part of the Foundation for Smoke-Free World, a non-profit organization supporting tobacco dependent economies explore alternative value chains and economic uplifts that will directly benefit the livelihoods of small holder farmers.

    From his working experiences and engagement with stakeholders ranging from donors, Government, and the private sector in Malawi, Rizvaan has an extensive understanding of Malawi’s agriculture, political, economic and cultural contexts and has built solid relationships with key stakeholders which will be essential in facilitating policy reforms that will expand Malawi’s business environment.

    Fannie Perisha Gondwe

    Director

    Fannie is the Founder and Executive Director of Perisha Agro and Packaging Enterprise, an eco-inclusive agri-business enterprise aiming at improving the nutritional status of women and children under-five by promoting the growing and consumption of biofortified foods including orange fleshed sweet potato, orange maize and cassava products.

    Fannie holds an MBA from Eastern and Southern Africa Institute of Management (ESAMI). She worked as the Regional Finance and Administration Manager for World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) for Southern Africa region for 11 years before founding Perisha Agro in 2015. As an entrepreneur, she has won several awards in agribusiness including HIVOS Most Impactful Business award, Graca Marcel business award and the Female Biosciences Business Acceleration Program (Fembiobiz). Her company, Perisha Agro has recently qualified in the top 50 business heroes under Jack Ma, the 2022 African Business Heroes competition.