What is MMI?

The Melbourne Microfinance Initiative (MMI) is the first and largest Australian student-run microfinance organisation providing consulting services to microfinance institutions globally with a vision of having a direct impact on communities in need. We hope to empower individuals to create social change.

What is Microfinance?

Microfinance is type of banking service that is provided to unemployed or low-income individuals or groups who would otherwise have no other means of gaining financial services. Ultimately, the goal of microfinance is to give low income people an opportunity to become self-sufficient by providing a means of saving money, borrowing money and insurance.

What we do


Our Initiatives team provides pro-bono consulting services to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs). By doing this we aim to solve their organisational challenges and have a tangible impact on improving the lives of underprivileged communities.


MMI holds many events throughout the year aimed both at building the skillset of students and showing them how they can have a positive social impact through their work.

The People We Impact

This little girl was the first child of a young woman in her 20s. In the past ten years she has managed to take out 3 loans from microfinance organisations and managed to ramp up her garment production by 5 times.

Young Child Philippines

Maria is a successful small business owner. She is the primary earner for her family and runs a small roadside shop in the village of Terra-Santa. She supports a household of 9 and pays for the education of her brother and children.  

Maria Timor Leste

Minga is the primary earner for a household of 10 and is raising 6 children not of her own, all while earning less than $2 a day without access to conventional financial services. She sells bananas in the village of Comoro.

Minga Timor Leste
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Upcoming Events

Recruitment (Applications close 19/8/16)

MMI is recruiting! If you have a passion for microfinance and social impact, an interest in consulting and love what we do, we invite you to apply to join the MMI committee.

Access to Consulting with BCG​ (29/7/16)

Participate in a 3 hour consulting workshop and competition event hosted by MMI in conjunction with ​the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). This is an opportunity to pick up necessary tools to excel in case studies and competitions whilst also a platform to expand your professional network and develop team work and problem solving skills ​with a social impact case.

Global Microfinance Case Competition (Case released 3/8/16)

The annual Global Microfinance Case Competition is a competition designed to challenge students at universities across Australia and New Zealand, for a truly global problem: providing financial services for the most vulnerable and creating opportunities for change.
Based on real life problems faced by many microfinance providers around the world, student competitors will be able to use their skills and knowledge to create a practical solution to change the lives of borrowers across developing countries.
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Consulting Basics with SPP

Learn about the world of management consulting from professionals from SPP and participate in a workshop led by MMI’s own student consultants, who have given advice to and worked alongside​ microfinance organisations across the Asia-Pacific, to work on a case that highlights how this career path can lead to tackling global issues.

See our full events calendar



Become a member

Interested in MMI events and want to participate? Become a member online!