A large number of national organizations have become TO OUR CREDIT'S partners for public
CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIP
Central to this effort is a national
visibility campaign funded by the Charles Stewart Mott
Foundation. Three organizations are working together to educate Americans about
microenterprise development in the United States:
for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)
AEO is the national association of organizations committed
to microenterprise development in the United States. It works with over 500 members and
many national partners to ensure that the primary goal for the microenterprise development
industry is achieved: to assist one million low-income and disadvantaged individuals to
achieve economic self-suficiency through self-employment by 2008.
Center for Policy
CPA develops concrete policy proposals for economic
development; it also creates strategies for bringing them to a network of public
officials. CPA works directly with practitioners of microenterprise as part of its policy
work on rural economic development.
Access to Credit Media Project
ACMP is TO OUR CREDIT'S producer and the creator of several
visual media presentations to educate people about microcredit and microenterprise
MORE KEY NATIONAL PARTNERS:
Other central collaborators in TO OUR CREDIT'S public
education campaign include the following pioneers in international microcredit, U.S.-based
microenterprise development, and women's economic and social issues:
ACCION has provided financial services to
microentrepreneurs in the U.S. and Latin America for 16 years. ACCION has loaned over $1
billion to more than one million clients in the last five years. Some of its member
institutions hav become self-sustaining.
Grameen Bank in Bangladesh lends more than $25 million each
month to more than 2 million borrowers, most of them women. Grameen Foundation is a
non-profit organization in the U.S. which informs and educates Americans about microcredit
and the Grameen philosophy.
The Microcredit Summit is a global campaign working to
ensure that 100 million of the world's poorest families, especialy women, receive credit
for self-employment and other financial and business services by the year 2005.
The Ms. Foundation is a national, multi-issue public
women's fund founded in 1972. Since 1986, the Foundation has provided technical assistance
and funding to organizations throughout the United States engaged in microenterprise
develoment with low-income women.
RESULTS is an international grass-roots organization formed
to lobby against hunger. Based on the idea that every individual can make a difference,
RESULTS believes that what is missing is not the resources to end hunger but the political
will to do so.
Learning Project (SELP)
Housed at the Aspen Institute, SELP is a multi-year
research and evaluation effort designed to produce new information about the field of
self-employment and about microenterprise as a poverty-alleviation and job-creation
strategy in the United States.
Women's Environment and
Development Organization (WEDO)
WEDO is an international advocacy network working to
achieve a healthy and peaceful planet, with social, political, economic and environmental
justice for all through the empowerment of women.
Women's World Banking (WWB)
(Website currently in development) WWB expands low-income
women's economic assets, participation and power by opening access to finance, information
and markets. Its worldwide network includes 41 affiliates in 34 countries, with over
200,000 active clients.