mi·​cro·​loan ˌmī-krō-ˈlōn How to pronounce microloan (audio)
plural microloans
: a small loan typically for financing entrepreneurial projects by impoverished individuals and groups especially in poor or developing regions
An advocate of economic power for women and a founder of women's World Banking, she [Esther Afua Ocloo] led the movement offering microloans to run small businesses around the world. Ellen Sweet

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Microloan Modernization Act reforms the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Microloan program to increase the amount of money nonprofit intermediary groups can borrow from $5 million to $6 million. Steven Lemongello, OrlandoSentinel.com, 25 July 2017 Shankar’s group offered to help other agencies with similar tweaks, to facilitate microloans to farmers, or to reduce the overprescribing of antipsychotics and other drugs by Medicare providers. Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microloan was in 1988

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“Microloan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microloan. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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