Our vision is for every newcomer to reach their economic potential. We believe economic integration of new Canadians is key to Canada’s success and prosperity.
About Windmill Microlending (formerly Immigrant Access Fund Canada)
Windmill supports immigrants and refugees who come to Canada with education, skills and experience but struggle to resume their careers here. Our clients may be under-employed in “survival jobs” because they cannot afford the cost of Canadian credentials or accreditation. They are likely unable to access mainstream credit in Canada because they have low income and/or no Canadian credit history.
Windmill provides microloans of up to $10,000 to internationally trained immigrants so they can obtain the Canadian licensing or training required to work in their field. The loan can pay for professional exams, training, assessments, professional association fees, books and materials, living allowance and other expenses related to obtaining the required credentials or training.
A microloan from Windmill supports our clients in significantly increasing their income. On average, our clients triple their income by the time their loan is repaid. Our loans are managed with the challenges of immigration and settlement in mind and with client success as our goal. The repayment rate for Windmill loans is 97.5%.
Windmill relies on donations from individuals and organizations in order to fulfill our mandate. Please consider making a one-time or monthly donation today.
What People Are Saying
"Connecting with Windmill Microlending was an important morale boost for me. Within two weeks I had the loan and was able to go ahead (with accreditation studies). We have a home, work and a near normal life. My son has opportunities. My skills are being recognized."
— Ramon Golpeo - Engineer