Useful Resources on Microfinance

  • 50 Top Microfinance Institutions - Listing and descriptions of microfinance institutions.
  • Acumen invests in intrepid entrepreneurs and early-stage innovators tackling the problems of poverty and is focused on Rwanda.  Rather than investing in traditional capital, Acumen invests in philanthropic, or “patient,” capital that provides startups the flexibility and security to grow their business and reach as many poor customers as possible.
  • Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund finances high-risk businesses that struggle to access commercial funding; we are committed to working in frontier markets, fragile contexts, and high-risk economies where few mainstream financing institutions dare to go.
  • AV Ventures provides innovative, catalytic financing to agribusiness small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in West Africa and Central Asia. Such investments provide better economic opportunities for communities and generate social impact through inclusive, responsible supply chains.
  • El Buen Socio offers ethical financial services to promote productive projects with social or environmental impact, mainly in rural areas of Mexico. We work with entrepreneurs seeking to exploit their businesses' potential and promote sustainable development.
  • European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) - e-MFP promotes research advances in microfinance and strengthens the interaction between researchers and practitioners. Its main objective is to provide better visibility and understanding of the microfinance initiatives of European researchers by facilitating the exchange of ideas and findings in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • FinDev Gateway - FinDev Gateway hosts a large and free collection of online resources on microfinance and financial inclusion. 
  • Fonkoze offers comprehensive financial and development services in Haiti.
  • Global Microfinance - Listing and descriptions of microfinance institutions.
  • Golden Mean Capital Partners Golden Mean invests in and supports extraordinary entrepreneurs with the potential, passion, and creativity needed to transform agricultural industries.
  • Goldman Sachs - 10,000 Women provides the education, opportunities, and access to capital women in over 150 countries that they need to grow their businesses. They provide women entrepreneurs worldwide with business and management education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital.
  • Gray Ghost Ventures (GGV) is an impact investing firm dedicated to providing market-based solutions to entrepreneurs addressing the needs of low-income communities in emerging markets.
  • Great Nonprofits - Listing and descriptions of microfinance institutions.
  • Insitor Management backs entrepreneurs building life-changing solutions for low-income consumers. Their investments focus on early-stage companies with proven economics, a sustainable competitive advantage, and a clear path to profitability.
  • Institute for Microfinance Research - The Institute for Microfinance Research provides financial resources and information on the microfinance industry to investors, borrowers, and professionals.
  • Institute of Microfinance (InM) - The Institute of Microfinance (InM) was established in 2006 as an independent nonprofit microfinance institution in Bangladesh, India. InM works to provide excellent research and initiatives regarding microfinance and its effects on inequality, the economy, poverty alleviation, and numerous livelihood issues.  
  • Investopedia - Listing and descriptions of microfinance institutions.
  • Microcredit Summit - An organization that aims to lift 100 million families out of poverty using microfinance, loan consolidation, fiscal literacy, and more.
  • Microfinance Info - Listing and descriptions of microfinance institutions.
  • Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) - Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) provides market data and intelligence on financial service providers catering to low-income populations worldwide.
  • The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) - The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) is an independent think tank housed at Accion that works to better serve, protect, and empower clients. They learn, test and share insights; promote concrete solutions; and advocate for inclusive, responsible finance that helps – not harms – individuals. They collaborate with stakeholders globally to enable 3 billion people who are left out of – or poorly served by – the financial sector to improve their lives.
  • United Nations Global Micro Lending Initiative - The United Nations Global Micro Lending Initiative provides a resource hub with information and resources related to micro-lending, micro-loans, micro-investment, social finance, and peer-to-peer lending.
  • Virtual Library on Microcredit  - The Virtual Library on Microcredit is a repository of information on issues related to microfinance and microcredit.

Leading Micro Financing Organizations:

United States

Top U.S. Micro-lenders

Community Development Financial Institutions in the U.S.