TIAW Micro Credit Program
TIAW is committed to improving economic security for women around the world. Back in the late 1990's we asked ourselves who needs economic security more than the millions and millions of women who live on less than $1 day? The answer to this question led to the founding of the TIAW Micro Credit Program (TIAW Micro). TIAW Micro raises awareness of the economic promise of Micro Credit, and we raise funds to capitalize loans for Village Banks (our term for loans made to a group of women who who all borrow from the same lender at the same time).
Women have always relied on self-employment to earn money to support their families. Perhaps your own grandmother took in laundry or sold her homemade jams and jellies at summer fairs, like so many other women have done before and since. That is why TIAW Micro is dedicated to promoting micro credit, which loans very small amounts to very poor
women who may lack education and collateral, but still need seed money for their small home based business enterprises.TIAW members are successful business women themselves. They know what a benefit fair and available business financing is to a young and growing business. Through TIAW Micro, our members and friends support the neediest of business women by funding village banks, advocating for micro credit, and working to increase the capacity of the micro-finance industry.
Our name may be Micro, however, our results are anything but. In the past dozen years, TIAW women have raised well over half a million dollars to capitalize nearly 120 village banks in 24 countries. TIAW volunteers have put literally tens of thousands of hours behind this effort, and TIAW Micro continues to grow with our members' energy and support.
We have much more to tell you about TIAW Micro....so get ready to click....Read a two page essay entitled "Why TIAW Micro Credit?"
Read a description of TIAW's accomplishments and a brief history of our Micro Credit program
Read a village bank report
Access our downloadable program brochure
Access our downloadable volunteer flyer
Read our list of Frequently Asked Questions
View a slide show of our recent donor trip to Mexico
"Like" TIAW Micro Credit on Facebook
Fund a Village Bank
View our list of already fully funded village banks
Purchase a TIAW "W” Micro Credit pin that shows your connection to TIAW Micro Credit
Connect with the TIAW Micro Credit volunteers at Micro@TIAW.org
To learn more about the Micro Credit Program, please feel free to contact the Director of the Micro Credit Program, Maxine Westaway, at Micro@TIAW.org.
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