Located in Victoria, Community Micro Lending is Canada’s first online peer to peer lending platform. The organization matches local entrepreneurs without access to traditional financing to local lenders. Along with the loan, entrepreneurs get mentorship and support to help them start and grow their business. The inspiration for the initiative came from a desire to create a more vibrant local economy where people can turn their passions and skills into meaningful employment while enriching themselves, their families, and their communities.
Visiting their homepage reveals that a number of the people on the Board of the organization are trained social scientists. This is another wonderful example of passionate and committed people making a difference.