NEW! Check out our 2023 Annual Report to learn about the growth of our programs in the last year. 2023 Annual Report

Our mission and vision

Our mission is to provide access to capital (at a reasonable rate) to individuals (primarily women) who aspire to lift their families out of poverty by starting and running a small business.

We envision a world where the rural poor hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others.

Our microfinance programs

We are currently supporting entrepreneurs in Léogâne, Haiti, and on the island of Panay, Philippines. Since 2010, we have provided over 1,500 loans to entrepreneurs to build their own businesses and consistently demonstrated that an investment in individuals can improve the quality of life of their families and their communities.

Léogâne, Haiti

Panay Island, Philippines

La Piedra, Dominican Republic

Pilot Programs

Our collective impact

Wisconsin Microfinance measures both the success of our programs in terms of money circulated, but also assesses improvements in quality of life of our loan recipients.

$350k: Circulated in 2022 $350k: Circulated in 2022
Circulated in 2022
97%: Repayment rate 97%: Repayment rate
Repayment rate
84%: Percent of loans to women 84%: Percent of loans to women
Percent of loans to women

Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Give a woman microcredit, she, her husband, her children and her extended family will eat for a lifetime.


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How it works

Our programs are based on the microfinance model developed by Muhammad Yunus through the Grameen Bank. The Grameen Bank was founded on the belief that the very poor have unlimited potential, and unleashing their creativity and initiative can help end poverty.

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The money is used to make loans to entrepreneurs in the communities.

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When the loans are repaid, the money is used to make additional loans.

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When you donate to Wisconsin Microfinance, you are empowering families with the resources needed to rise above poverty.

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Recent Updates

May 19, 2024 - On the Ground in Ghana - Trevor Franda

Trevor and his wife Anne recently traveled to Ghana and visited with Nana Obokese, chief of Moree where Wisconsin Microfinance will set up a new microloan program.

Nana Obokese is committed to developing Moree into a vibrant community. He firmly believes in the same principles of microfinance that Wisconsin Microfinance advocates for, such as lending groups, low interest rates, and loans primarily to women. The need for capital in Ghana is great, and by targeting the community of Moree as the next destination for a Wisconsin Microfinance program we will be forging a strong partnership that will hopefully serve as a template for future Wisconsin Microfinance programs in Ghana and elsewhere on the African continent.

April 22, 2024 - Microfinance and Sustainable Development - Cassidy Fish

The Wisconsin Microfinance mission is deeply rooted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. While we focus on many of the economic goals, we also recognize and honor the environmental goals. The benefits of a clean, safe, and sustainable world apply to all people, rich and poor.

This April we want to recognize and celebrate a focus on the environment through Earth Month. Earth month is an expansion of the Earth Day movement which was created 54 years ago to educate citizens on the impacts of environmental issues around the world. Because we live in an interconnected world, environmental issues all around the globe impact people living in the countries in which we have programs.

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Madison, WI 53711

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