• National High School Microfinance Initiative

    National High School Microfinance Initiative

60+ students. 10 schools. 2 Keynote Speakers. 1 Great Summit.

During the event, students learned about the economics of microfinance from Professor Jonathan Morduch and learned about working with these entrepreneurs hands-on from Ms. Elise Racine. Students watched Who Cares?, a documentary about the world’s most successful social entrepreneurs, and discussed the documentary with director Mara Mourao. Students explored the process of loaning to micro-entrepreneurs, and debated which characteristics of a loan candidate were most important to consider. Students then used Kiva to find these individuals and pitched their top loan candidates to the audience.

Thank you to Kiva, Grameen America, and the Who Cares? documentary.

Thank you to our wonderful keynote speakers, Professor Jonathan Morduch and Ms. Elise Racine, to the NHSMI Advisory Board, to Eric Ouyang and the team at Sponsr.us, to Mr. Ted Janulis and the Explorers club, and to all who attended the Summit.

Inaugural NHSMI Fall Summit in NYC

The National High School Microfinance Initiative will be hosting the Inaugural NHSMI Summit on October 4th, 2015 at the Explorers Club in New York City.

Register for tickets at the NHSMI Eventbrite page!

View the program schedule here!

Thank you for helping us reach our funding goal on Sponsr.us!

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Why High Schoolers? Why Microfinance?

High Schoolers are powerful, and microfinance gives students a direct way to make a positive impact on the world.

Microfinance, a system of providing small loans or micro-loans to people in developing communities, is a sustainable means of alleviating poverty. The concept of microfinance was developed with the belief that everyone should have access to credit. In 2009, the Microfinance Information Exchange estimated that 1,000 microfinance institutions exist and serve over 140 million people.

The National High School Microfinance Initiative aims to form a coalition of student microfinance leaders committed to alleviating both domestic and foreign hardship through microfinance. As the next generation of leaders, high schoolers have the opportunity to focus the efforts of the global community towards fighting poverty.

Our Goals

  • Network

    To create a network of high school microfinance clubs to facilitates the exchange of ideas, methods, and projects.

  • Educate

    To provide a resource guide for students to further knowledge and understanding of microfinance.

  • Awareness

    To raise awareness to high school students of microfinance as a powerful tool for alleviating poverty.

Student Organizations

The National High School Microfinance Initiative strives to create a network of high school students with a passion for microfinance. Establishing connections between high school microfinance clubs facilitates the exchange of ideas, projects, and methods used by microfinance clubs across the United States.

By discussing projects with other high school organizations, receiving feedback from microfinance leaders, and learning about the actions of worldwide microfinance institutions, students will gain a greater understanding of how to effectively use microfinance to end poverty.

Current members of the coalition are:

  • Maverick Microfinance Club

    The microfinance club at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas.

  • Hotchkiss Microfinance Club

    The microfinance club at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut.

  • Trinity Microfinance Project

    The microfinance club at Trinity School in New York City, New York.

  • Zawadi by Youth

    The microfinance club at Riverdale Country School in New York City, New York. See more at www.zawadibyyouth.org

  • Punahou Design Thinking Club

    The Design Thinking Club at the Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • Sir Francis Drake Academy Microfinance Club

    The microfinance club at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California.

  • Life-Changing Investments Club

    The microfinance organization at the Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas.

  • Lynbrook Microfinance Club

    The microfinance club at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, California

  • American Heritage Microfinance Club

    The microfinance club at the American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida.

  • Village School Microfinance Club

    The microfinance club at the Village School in Houston, Texas.

  • Fairview High School Microfinance Club

    The microfinance club at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado.

Student Board

Educate, Provide Advice, Spread Awareness

The Student Board is a council of high school leaders who have a strong commitment to microfinance. The Student Board will work to promote the awareness of microfinance as an effective tool of solving poverty and will help spread microfinance to other high schools in the United States.

Meet the current members of our Student Board.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is composed of national and international leaders and experts in microfinance who provide guidance to NHS Microfinance and the Student Board. The Advisory Board also serves as a resource for student organizations to learn more about the field of microfinance.

Meet our Advisory Board

See What Our Members Are Up To!

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Microfinance: Changing the World one Student at a Time (Produced by Matt Gallea ’15)


NHS Microfinance Projects foster connection and collaboration between member clubs. The goals of projects vary and may include, community awareness, student education, or fundraising. Come back soon for more information on Projects!

  • The Interview Project

    Students will interview members of their communities who have received a micro-credit loan or are involved in the field of microfinance. Students will post the interviews on the NHS Microfinance Blog Page. At the end of the project, Student board members will gather on a conference call to discuss their experiences with the project.


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