MISSION AND VISION
Our mission is to empower emerging leaders to build strong businesses and communities by providing equitable financial services to low-income individuals.
With the right tools, college students can change the lives of their communities’ low-income families and gain a broader social perspective.
The growth of campus microfinance will help disadvantaged individuals start and grow businesses, develop assets, increase their financial capacity and improve their economic well-being.
Isabel Roberts, Executive Director
Isabel is the Executive Director of Lend for America, which helps students start and grow Campus MFIs. Before, Isabel worked with Credit Builders Alliance, where she managed services that help nonprofit loan funds offer credit reporting as a tool to build credit for consumers. Prior, Isabel helped to build ThinkImpact, a social enterprise that connects students with rural villages in Kenya and South Africa to build social businesses. Isabel is a recipient of the Projects for Peace fellowship and spent the summer of 2008 establishing a community center in Makrepeni, South Africa to improve access to entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Isabel graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in international relations and government.
Aaliyah Hope, Program Associate
Aaliyah is the Program Associate at Lend For America and manages marketing and communications for the national network. Originally from Hawaii, she recently returned to the states after two years in Madagascar. While abroad, Aaliyah directed Village Savings and Loans programs with rural farmers and women’s groups. Prior, Aaliyah worked as the Director of Marketing for a solar energy start-up in Honolulu. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BBA in Marketing, an International Business focus and a minor in English.