At MAPLE, we believe that you play an important part in shaping a more inclusive and diverse future.  With increasing globalization, it becomes important for everyone to participate in their own way towards a better world; one of equality, justice, and diversity. We have many opportunities for you to participate and help us continue our mission and reach our vision for a better world.


Tell your friends and family about the work that these communities are doing. There's no better way to make an impact than to become an active advocate yourself! Help us out and make an impact!


MAPLE has many opportunities available for people who wish to volunteer locally in Eugene, Portland, and San Francisco.  Activities include fundraising, social media outreach, grant writing, research, publications, university-to-university relations, specific projects, and much more.  To learn more please contact us at


MAPLE Microdevelopment started as a group of students at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, who were interested in microfinance and development. They researched the field on their own for a year, attended conferences, interviewed organizations, and then decided to start their own organization in Uganda. They wrote and received their own grant. MAPLE has come a long way since then but has remained true to its roots.

The organization continues to be devoted to involving young people in all operations, from the field to the board room. In these ways, MAPLE actively engages in empowering the next generation leaders in the fields of social entrepreneurship, community-managed approaches to microfinance, and development. Many groups of students and professors at different universities around the world have worked with MAPLE Microdevelopment in some capacity.

These universities include: The University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon), Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), Copenhagen Business School (Copenhagen, Denmark), St. Andrews University (St. Andrews, Scotland), Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts), the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon), University of Agder (Kristiansand, Norway), Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa), and others.

If you are a student interested in community-based development issues (whether abroad or in the U.S.), we invite you to contact us at for information about how to create an internship and about ways to connect with our growing network of partners and field operations.