What We Do
The Auckland Microfinance Initiative (AMI) is a student-led, charitable organisation that is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of empowering young people through social finance and social enterprise. To achieve this mission, we provide:
- Pro-bono consulting and research services to microfinance institutions, charities and social initiatives;
- General membership events, such as case competitions and professional development workshops; and
- An Investment Fund to support our microfinance partners.
Pro-bono consulting & REsearch services
AMI recruits approximately 30 students annually to join our Consulting or Research Teams.
Our consultants are collectively assigned pro-bono consulting projects to work on over the university semester. Our Executive Team works alongside our partners to develop the individual pro-bono consulting projects. Examples of our previous work and upcoming projects can be found here.
Our Research Team is assigned to a specialist research area to work on over the university semester. Research topics are social finance related, and are developed by our Executive Team. Examples of upcoming research projects can be found here.
GENERAL MEMBER EVENTS
AMI regularly hosts general member events, including case competitions, guest speaker panels, and professional development workshops. To find out more about our case competitions, please see our events page. More information about our professional development programme can be found here.
To sign-up as a general member and for more information, come find us during O-Week in the UoA Business School Foyer or in the Quad.
In 2014, AMI established a fund, with the long-term objective of directly providing low-interest loans to entrepreneurs without access to financial services and to support our partners.
Achieving our long-term objective will take time – raising the capital and implementing the infrastructure needed to provide low-interest loans cannot happen overnight. As such, we currently invest our funds with established institutions which provide micro-loans to people in need. For example, part of our Investment Fund is invested with the non-profit organisation, Kiva.