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Join us for the Big Half

Join us for the Big Half

Each year MicroLoan Foundation helps over 65,000 women living in rural poverty in sub-Saharan Africa to become entrepreneurs and work their way out of poverty. MicroLoan provides these women with business and financial literacy training, on-going mentoring and small affordable loans so they can start businesses. The profits they generate from their businesses allows the women to increase their families access to healthcare, nutrition and education.

Our success in helping these women would not be possible without businesses encouraging their employees to take on our #TeamMicroLoan challenges. These help us to raise vital funds for MicroLoan’s work. Not only are our challenge events a great way to boost employee engagement, they also feed into your companies’ diversity agenda. They provide your employees with a chance to make a huge difference to the lives of women living in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

We want you and your employees to join #TeamMicroLoan for this year’s Big Half

Big Half

Sunday 1st March 2020

MicroLoan wants members of your company to join #TeamMicroLoan and take on the Big Half. Have you ever fancied feeling the atmosphere of the London Marathon, but been put off by the distance? Well the Big Half is for you! This 13.1 mile run takes place along much of the same route as the London Marathon. Meaning you can experience the atmosphere without committing to a full marathon.

This is an incredibly popular event and we have limited places remaining. Places will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. We don’t want members of your team missing out!

Registration fee: £46

Minimum fundraising Target: £400

What can your business do?

Share this information with your team and encourage them to take part. Those who are interested in taking part in Big Half should contact Hayden on

The WESM Project

The WESM Project

MicroLoan is working in partnership to build resilience against climate change

MicroLoan is working in partnership with Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (WESM) to support families impacted by climate change. WESM seeks to support and educate families living close to forest reserves to prevent exploitation of natural resources. Many of the families in these communities live in extreme poverty. They rely on two things for survival. Subsistence farming and selling charcoal and firewood cut from the forest reserve. This is the only way they know how to provide for their families. But the use of wood from the reserve causes deforestation, soil erosion and is pushing communities further into poverty.

MicroLoan works with WESM to not only provide education to the people living near the reserves but also to offer them alternative livelihoods to prevent this deforestation.

Alice and Potifala, a success story

Alice her husband Potifala live with their three children on the outskirts of the Dzalanyama Forest Reserve in Malawi. Like many in their village the couple survived by relying on the scarce natural resources around them. They generated a small income from selling firewood.

Alice joined a MicroLoan group so she could find a way of creating a more sustainable and reliable income. Using her business training and loan she has built a successful dried fish selling business.

Prior to joining MicroLoan Alice and her husband earned just £20 a month and struggled to provide the basics for their children. Now thanks to their business, the couple increased their income to nearly £200 a month.

Life is starting to change for Alice and her family. She and Potifala are creating a sustainable and expanding business. As they move out of poverty, they become more resilient to the effects of climate change and natural disasters. Something that will help them create a brighter and more secure future for their young children.

Across Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, there are still many more families struggling. They need your help.

How can you help?

Pledge and donate today on Work for Good. Even a small donation of £22 from your business will help a woman like Alice move herself and her family out of poverty.

HRH the Princess Royal presents MicroLoan with an award

HRH the Princess Royal presents MicroLoan with an award

MicroLoan Foundation support some of the poorest women across sub-Saharan Africa. We provide these women with small affordable loans, financial literacy and business training and mentoring allowing them to start businesses and earn an income. Over time the money they generate from their business helps to ensure food security, improve housing, access to healthcare, and an education for their children. Our largest operations are based in Malawi where we support over 30,000 women

Earlier this year severe floods and Cyclone Idai ravaged southern parts of Africa and the government in Malawi declared a state of disaster. An estimated 85,000 people in the country were displaced as homes and businesses were destroyed. In the worst hit regions of Nsanje, Mulanje and Chikwawa MicroLoan supports over 3,600 people.

To help rebuild the client’s lives and allow them to continue their journeys out of poverty, MicroLoan launched an emergency appeal to raise funds. In just over a month £70,000 was raised by our supporters.

Last week the MicroLoan team were recognised at the Scotland Malawi Partnership Members Awards for our work in supporting victims of the cyclone. In the presence of Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, the awards celebrated the strong links between Scotland and Malawi.

What are we doing now?

We continue to work in Malawi, as well as neighbouring Zambia and Zimbabwe reaching poor rural communities helping the women there to opening businesses and being their journeys out of poverty.

How can you help?

Pledge and donate today to help MicroLoan reach even more women in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.