Microdevelopment is a category of financial services developed within communities that lack access to conventional banking and related services. Microdevelopment practices include building community-managed savings groups; internal lending and credit building; and establishing micro-businesses based on culturally-respectful values.
what we do
With headquarters in Eugene, Oregon, our goal at MAPLE Microdevelopment is to provide low-income communities around the world the financial tools they need to achieve culturally-significant goals and values. Over the past decade, MAPLE’s programs have benefitted hundreds of people across three branches in Eastern Uganda, Southern Chile, and Oregon, USA. We do that by co-designing community-managed financial services, such as community-managed savings groups, internal lending and credit building, and establishing culturally respectful micro-businesses. Micro-businesses evolve into life-changing projects related to topics such as organic agriculture, clean-water technology, and ancestral weaving practices.
We collaborate with unbanked communities to establish community-managed savings funds and other tools necessary for strengthening their own financial, cultural, and ecological resilience.