Success Stories

MicroLoan enjoys acknowledging the amazing success stories of our clients who as a result of our loans and training, have gone on to set up their own businesses to support their families. Furthermore, we feel it is great to share the success stories and experiences of our many volunteers, supporters and staff across the world who have seen for themselves the impact their work has in Africa. Read on to learn more about how we really offer “a hand up, not a hand out.”

Maryse and her mat business

Maryse Phiri is the mother of five children and runs a bamboo mat making business to provide for her family.


Malawi’s Solar Women

With just 8% of Malawians connected to a national grid and even that becoming increasingly unreliable of late, MicroLoan has been developing some new business opportunities for the women we help to benefit from solar energy.

Beatrice and her chicken rearing business

A success story about Beatrice and her chicken rearing business.


Littania and her fish business

Success story about Littania Chilambo and her fish business


Chololo and their honey

Rumphi, North Malawi: MicroLoan has launched an exciting and, hopefully, prosperous, scheme aimed at helping honey farmers in the area. Our two volunteers, Yusef and Charlotte, visit the region to find out how things are going.

Funny and her shop

Like many of the industrious women in the Chikondano Credit Group, Funny Mbewe has enjoyed a lot of success in her retail business since the start of her first loan cycle with the MicroLoan Foundation.

Elina’s Backroom Bakery

Twice a week the small hut at the back of Elina Soko’s one bedroom mud brick house is transformed into a bakery. With no oven and only a pile of hot coals on the floor to work with, this poses more than a few technical challenges.

Elena’s bicycle repair shop

Most people in Malawi live on less than $2 a day meaning that regular transport on buses, let alone owning a car, is nearly impossible. For many in Malawi, owning a bicycle can be priceless.


Emmie and her sewing

Emmie lives in a village 4km from Kasungu, Central Malawi. Five times a week she makes the journey into town to attend a two hour sewing lesson…