Micro-finance Volunteer Opportunities Abroad
Our voluntary Micro-finance programmes are designed to benefit the local people we work with, while also giving you practical work experience and improving your CV. The placements are for anyone who would like to help local people realise their potential through us funding small loans to set up new businesses.
Our micro-finance projects all follow a similar model, pioneered in Senegal. The projects provide individuals or groups with small loans which over time and with guidance they will reimburse. Following complete reimbursement new candidates will be selected. Volunteers support the loan applicants throughout the whole process, from initial applications to running their new businesses once they are established.
As with all of our programmes, our voluntary Micro-finance Internships give you the chance to discover a way of life in a very different environment, from St Louis in West African Senegal to Arusha in East African Tanzania.
Working Abroad on a Voluntary Micro-finance Internship
Whichever Micro-finance project you choose to join you need to be ready for a challenge. You will get involved with a range of activities including reading through business plans, developing marketing strategies, managing loan accounts, monitoring people who have already received loans, running workshops and providing general business support.
Whichever destination you choose your input will be greatly encouraged and appreciated, especially if you prove to be flexible and enthusiastic. Our micro-finance internships will give you a unique insight into the business world in your chosen country.
“We selected our final candidates after evaluating all the interviews, and ended up with four very promising young entrepreneurs. We sat together with each one of them and calculated cost, evaluated the location of the business, and came up with schedules. By the end of a fascinating two week stay in a country which I have embraced with my heart and soul, we have instigated the process which will change four young people’s lives.”
Micro-finance volunteer in Senegal