Lend for America helps student leaders to build their communities through the creation of campus microfinance institutions (Campus MFIs). Our national platform supports students practicing microfinance in the U.S. by providing training, networking, funding, and research. We believe campus MFIs are a game-changer for the country because:
Join the only national membership for campus MFIs. Access technical assistance, training, resources, and grants.
Apply now to become a Lend for America Fellow to participate in a year-long incubation program for students interested in launching new Campus MFIs.
Check out the map below to see where our current members are located across the country:
Berkeley Microfinance Fund
University of California Berkeley
Arizona Microcredit Initiative
Arizona State University
Claremont McKenna College
University of Notre Dame
Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell
University of Michigan
Elmseed Enterprise Fund
Hilltop Microfinance Initiative
Bentley Microfinance Group
The Intersect Fund
Hamilton Microfinance Club
Carter Road Capital
University of St. Francis
Capital Good Fund
Members represent 23 universities across 17 states. Since 2009, they have helped people in their communities by offering microloans, financial coaching, tax prep and other financial services. The emerging leaders in the membership are students at the undergraduate or graduate level eager to spark change in their communities.
Campus-based microfinance institutions, 'Campus MFIs,' join the LFA membership to network with like-minded peers and access trainings and resources to grow their initiative. As a result of LFA' support, campus MFIs create deeper imact. The annual membership fee for 2014-15 membership is $400.
Members are Campus MFIs are teams of college students that go off-campus and find people who need help. They spend time and motivate, give basic financial advice, and lend small amounts of money they have raised. Examples of campus MFIs: The Intersect Fund, Capital Good Fund, Elmseed Enterprise Fund. Serving your first client is mandatory for joining Lend for America. If you need advice, read Lend for America's Start-Up Kit and contact us.