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Business Types

Men and women around the world want to get their families out of poverty. They want to provide their families with healthy food, clothing, shelter, and education. Many of these hardworking people have good business ideas – they just need a way to get started. Below are just a few examples of the different business types you can fund through Micro.

Agriculture/Animals

The Agriculture business sector covers all farming and livestock activities. Some entrepreneurs request loans to help in securing supplies and equipment. Others want to buy more animals to breed or purchase feed and medicines. The majority of our loan clients live in rural communities where agriculture is already understood as a business model. It is for this reason that approximately 50% of our loans are in the agricultural sector.

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Entrepreneurs in this industry

14053

Countries in this industry

Philippines, Mexico, Rwanda, Kenya, Armenia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Bolivia

Demecio
Demecio A

Demecio is from Bolivia. He has 2 children. He needs a loan of $600 to buy seeds.

  • Total amount $600
  • Amount raised
    $175
  • Help Demecio

Commerce

Retail is a quick and scalable way to begin earning a profit. Many entrepreneurs begin with stalls at markets or even at home and need a loan to expand or increase their inventory. Others may be ready to open a small store. Goods purchased from loan funds range from clothing, grocery or sundry items to jewelry, candy, perfume or health and beauty supplies. Loans in the commerce sector account for around 33% of our loans.

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Entrepreneurs in this industry

9350

Countries in this industry

Philippines, Mexico, Rwanda, Kenya, Armenia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, Bolivia

Joseph
Joseph W

Joseph is from Kenya. He has 1 child. He needs a loan of $500 to purchase household goods for his shop.

  • Total amount $500
  • Amount raised
    $300
  • Help Joseph

Production

Entrepreneurs with specialized skills can apply for a loan in the manufacturing sector. Examples of businesses in the manufacturing sector are making and selling clothes, shoes, machine parts, baskets…the list goes on. These savvy entrepreneurs see the opportunity in their community and, with the help of a loan and their unique talents, can establish their niche. Only 3% of our loans are in the manufacturing sector.

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Entrepreneurs in this industry

776

Countries in this industry

Philippines, Mexico, Rwanda, Kenya, Armenia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Bolivia

Salifu
Salifu M

Salifu is from Ghana. He has 1 child. He needs a loan of $150 to purchase goods for resale.

  • Total amount $150
  • Amount raised
    $50
  • Help Salifu

Services

In areas where the poor live alongside the more affluent, businesses in the service sector can be very successful. Services include flower cultivation, tailoring/sewing, transportation, repair work, beauty salons and barber shops, and restaurants. Loans are needed to begin, expand, or sustain business with tools and supplies. Loans given to entrepreneurs in the service sector account for around 7% of our loans.

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Entrepreneurs in this industry

2270

Countries in this industry

Philippines, Mexico, Rwanda, Kenya, Armenia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, Bolivia

Robert
Robert K

Robert is from Kenya. He needs a loan of $450 to purchase goats for slaughtering and selling.

  • Total amount $450
  • Amount raised
    $50
  • Help Robert