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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Become A Member

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

Upcoming Events

Week 5, Wednesday: GMCC Grand Finals (22/08/18)

Join us as we watch the top 6 teams across Australia and New Zealand present their case analysis in this exciting Grand Final you can’t miss!

Week 4, Monday: GMCC University of Melbourne Campus Heats & Finals

Join us as our best teams at the University of Melbourne battle it out to take out the top spot, and represent the University at the GMCC Grand Finals against the top teams of each of the other 5 universities.

Week 2, Wednesday: GMCC Workshop and Case Information Evening (01/08/2018)

Join MMI and SEED as we host a FREE workshop in collaboration with A.T. Kearney to help participants become better equipped with the skills and knowledge required for GMCC. Senior Consultants will be presenting the nuances of case competitions and providing you with insights into solving difficult case problems.


Find out more information here.

Weeks 2-5: Global Microfinance Case Competition (GMCC)

GMCC is back this year, bigger and better than ever. Six universities Australia and New Zealand-wide have hopped on board: UoM, Monash, UNSW, ANU, UWA, and AUT. And our prizes are the biggest and best it’s ever been: $1000 cash prize, a boardroom dinner with top Corrs Chambers Westgarth lawyers, and a guaranteed interview with A.T. Kearney for their summer internship program.


Check out our GMCC website for more information and to register. The case will be released on August 1, 2018.

Week 1, Thursday: Access to Consulting with A.T. Kearney (26/7/18)

Keen on a career in consulting? Want to learn skills to maximise your social impact? Join us in this exclusive case workshop, where you will learn exactly how to break down a case and receive feedback directly from A.T. Kearney consultants.


Find out more information here.

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Past Events

Week 9, Thursday: Introduction to Impact Investing (3/5/18)

This inaugural event is an exclusive and immersive case workshop centred around one of the most powerful financial instruments in the social impact space. Discover the power of impact investing, how to evaluate social enterprises, develop valuation and presentation skills, and connect with industry leaders.


Find out more information here.

Week 5, Wednesday: Careers in Social Impact (28/3/18)

Whether you are an avid supporter for social change or simply researching new career pathways, our flagship event provides the information you’ll need to follow a future pathway that is not only professionally rewarding but will also give you the chance to assist those in need. Join us for a panel-style event featuring senior leaders from both the corporate and social impact space – World Vision, NAB, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, YGAP, and Impact Investment Group, with event stalls and networking!


Find out more information here.

Week 1, Thursday: MMI Launch (1/3/2018)

Hear about the events MMI is planning for the year, as well as an overview of the exciting overseas microfinance projects we are involved in, and how you can potentially get involved. It will be a great opportunity to find out what we do, meet the committee and make new friends.


Find out more information here.

Week 0, Tuesday & Wednesday: MMI O-Week (20-21/2/18)

Uni is back, and so are we! Join us at our MMI O-Week stalls and discover who we are, what we do, and how you can get involved. Here at MMI, we aim to make a difference through rethinking, and reshaping the way people think about creating social impact. Hear about our numerous events, and our international pro-bono consulting projects from our friendly committee – and learn how you too can join the initiative.


Find out more information here.

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