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Membership

Join the Microfinance community and advance your career

Highly recommended

“the training has been participatory from day one to the last day and I highly recommend the trainer Ommara who has vast practical and academic expertise and experience to be given more opportunities to train other categories of staff on different issues”

To be a professional member of the Association, you must have, or aim to develop professional experience within the microfinance sector. There are four categories of membership; these are Fellow, Associates, Affiliates and Graduate Academy.

Benefits of membership

Very knowledgeable

“The facilitator was very knowledgeable and lively and had all necessary information that was required. She guided us really well”

  • Use of the Microfinance information portal
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Participation in career seminars

Membership categories

The Academy

For individuals that are pursuing or willing to pursue a career in the field of microfinance. As you develop your career within the industry by completing the certification examination, you can apply to become an Associate member of the association.

Associate

For practitioners that have at least five years experience in the microfinance industry, holding a middle management position with a microfinance institution, or a non governmental organisation providing financial services.

Fellow

For practitioners that have at least 10 years experience in the microfinance industry. The Fellow of the Microfinance Association “FMA” is for a select group of individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the development of the sector.

The Academy

  • Use of the Microfinance information portal
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Help Desk Facility
  • Participation in career seminars
  • Assistance in developing Personal Development plans
  • Network with peers
  • Participation in Cutting edge research, case studies, surveys and white papers
  • Participation in forum, blogs and local networks
  • Registration on our Database on Internship opportunities
  • Assistance in formulating Personal Development plans
  • Mentoring
  • Quarterly Magazine - The Microfinance Professional
  • Latest Developments within the Microfinance Sector
  • On line copy of Microfinance Insights
  • On line copy of MicroCapital News

Associate

  • Use of the Microfinance information portal
  • The use of the AMA - Associate of the Microfinance Association - designation after name
  • On line copy of Microfinance Insights
  • On line copy of MicroCapital News
  • 10% Discount - Professional Certificate in Microfinance
  • 5% Discout in Corporate courses
  • Research Analyst - two pieces of work a year
  • CV Presentation
  • Career Development and opportunities
  • Mentoring
  • Support in organising Branch Networks
  • Inclusion in the Microfinance Association Global Skills Register
  • Free attendance - Career Connections
  • Personal Development Plans

Fellow

  • Use of the Microfinance information portal
  • The use of the FMA - Fellow of the Microfinance Association
  • On Line copy of Microcapital News
  • On Line copy of Microfinance Insights
  • Research Analyst - Undertake four pieces of work a year
  • Inclusion in the Microfinance Association - Global Skills Register
  • Mentoring of Graduate Trainees
  • Inclusion of name in our database on Speakers
  • Contribution to White Papers published by the Association
  • Corporate Discounts - Conferences and Training Seminars
  • Build Relationships
  • Weekly Micronews
  • International Development news
  • Briefing on a wide range of issues affecting the Microfinance sector