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MLFA Media Contact

David Bateson 07 3901 1055 / 0402 332287 / david@newsbusiness.com.au

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Media Coverage

15 Feb 2011 Australian Financial Review – “Why micro lenders go off track”
19 Jul 2010 Sydney Morning Herald “Tedeschi plays”
16 Jul 2010 ABC 702 Sydney “Simon Tedeschi performs”
3 Jul 2010 Weekend Australian review “Hearing a different beat”
25 Jun 2010 Canberra Times “Pianist to play it for Malawi”
24 Jun 2010 NineMSN “Tedeschi to play benefit for Malawi”
23 Jun 2010 Yahoo! News Australia “Tedeschi to play benefit for Malawi”
23 Mar 2010 Coffs Harbour Advocate “Zonta is supporting our community”
7 Nov 2009 Coffs Harbour Advocate “What’s On”
22 Oct 2009 Coffs Coast Independent “Tree of Life Day Spa…”
16 Oct 2009 Manly Daily “African cause spurs Clive”

News Releases

2013

NEWS RELEASE Friday 10th May 2013

Australian charity marks over half a million dollars lent to women in Africa to help set up micro businesses

Today Microloan Foundation Australia (MLFA) celebrates four years since it opened its first branch in Mulanje in Malawi, and $539,406 lent out over that period as microloans to 3,642 borrowers.

Emerging from a simple ‘dream’ less than five years ago, by 31st December 2012 MLFA had placed a total of 7,920 loans to a value of $539,406 to 3,642 borrowers. Over 20,000 dependents of the women who have received the microloans have also benefited, clearly illustrating the huge impact relatively small contributions can make. MLFA founder Brian Keen, who had that dream, reflects on the last four years:

“It’s inspiring to be celebrating our fourth birthday here at MicroLoan Foundation Australia, and blowing out the candles leaves me near to breathless – and unashamedly I feel a tear rolling down my cheek!

From May 2009, when our Mulanje office first opened for business, to December 2012, we raised around $90,000. In our circumstances, as a fledgling charity without access to tax deductibility in the early stages, this scale of fundraising was quite an achievement.

Especially when you think of the large number of loans this $90,000 has generated – in fact our average loan fund loans over the last four and half years have been ‘recycled’ nine times, helping our clients and 20,000 of their dependents. This truly is the ‘hidden secret’ behind well targeted, efficient and effectively managed social microfinance.”

We could not have done this without the help and support of our donors, especially our regular monthly donors, our small but loyal team of board members and volunteers, our CEO and driver of the past three years, Clive Hughes, Peter Ryan, the founder and CEO of Microloan Foundation in the UK, together with his small hard working team, our generous Australian patron Simon Tedeschi and his colleague Kevin Hunt and the wonderful team of Malawian staff who exclusively manage the program for our Mulanje office.

And last but by no means the least, the wonderful women who use these loans to illustrate to us the amazing entrepreneurial initiative and energy inherent in the women in these resilient, poor, undernourished regions unfortunately so prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa – you inspire us all!”

2012

NEWS RELEASE Friday 26th October 2012

Concert pianist Simon Tedeschi and friend and jazz pianist Kevin Hunt to jam in aid of microloan charity

Pianists Simon Tedesch and Kevin Hunt at the Basement 2008

On Friday 23rd November at The Independent Theatre in North Sydney, renowned Australian concert pianist and friend and fellow musician jazz pianist Kevin Hunt will team up for a special and unique evening of music to raise funds for Microloan Foundation Australia.

The concert will have something for all fans of great piano music, and will include pieces by Gershwin, Debussy, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Dave Brubeck and Bach. Simon will shortly release a CD of Gershwin and CDs of Simon’s and Kevin’s music will be available to buy at the concert.

Meanwhile Kevin is studying for a PhD focused on the comparison of Stuart and Son pianos to Steinway pianos, something he will be able to further on the night, when he and Simon play a pair of Stuart and Sons pianos.

Microloan Foundation Australia’s CEO, Clive Hughes thanked Simon and Kevin for their generous gift of their time, as well as Simon’s ongoing involvement with the organisation.

“We are delighted that Simon and Kevin have again made time in their busy schedules to put a concert on for us. Simon has been enthusiastic supporter of MicroLoan ever since he agreed to become our Patron several years ago. A lot of people have become a little cynical about the ‘aid’ that the West gives to many countries in need and feel that the money is either wasted or subject to corruption. Simon and I both recognize the great thing about Microloan is that every dollar raised in Australia ends up being lent directly to poor women in Malawi so they can set up their own little businesses, to generate extra income to help lift themselves out of poverty. The model we use must be working, as more than 99% of all the money we lend is paid back and re-lent to other self motivated women. We aim to give people a ‘hand up’, not a’ handout’.”

All proceeds from the concert will go to the Microloan Foundation.

Tickets, which are $38, can be bought over the phone on 1300 302604 or online at

www.theindependent.org.au/whats-on

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About MicroLoan Foundation Australia

The MicroLoan Foundation in Australia (MLFA) was launched in 2009 by Brian Keen, based on the model established by MicroLoan Foundation in the UK in 2002. MLFA provides small loans, basic business training and ongoing mentoring support to groups of women in sub Saharan Africa, who are regarded as too poor to receive commercial loans from banks. The ultimate aim of the Foundation is to help the poor help themselves to eradicate poverty. In May 2009 Australia provided the initial funds to MLF Malawi to open its first office in Mulanje in the south of the country. In January 2012 Mulanje branch had 1,397 active groups, with an average of 15 women per group being helped with microloans – in all helping over 30,000 people. More information at www.microloanfoundation.org.au.

Media Contacts: for more information or for photos, please call David Bateson on 07 3103 5764 or Brian Keen on 0417 211366.

2011

NEWS RELEASE

Tuesday 12th July 2011

Simon Tedeschi & Kevin Hunt to play benefit concert for MicroLoan Foundation

At 7pm on Thursday 11th August 2011 at the beautiful Francis Greenway designed St James Church in the Sydney CBD, world renowned classical pianist Simon Tedeschi will be joined on stage by his close friend and accomplished jazz pianist Kevin Hunt to perform a concert in aid of MicroLoan Foundation Australia (MLFA).

Simon is one of Australia’s most gifted pianists and has recently returned after spending five years based in the US. Simon has worked all over the world with many great orchestras and his successful career started young having first performed a Mozart Piano Concerto at age 9 in the Sydney Opera House (his hands were also the ones actually filmed playing as the young David Helfgott in the 1996 film ‘Shine’).

He will be joined on stage by long time friend Kevin Hunt, the well-known Sydney jazz and classical pianist. Simon and Kevin have performed together many times before and for the first time they have released an ABC Jazz album called “Woodlands” – an enticing mix of classical, jazz and improvisations of original compositions and well loved audience favourites.

The concert will help raise funds (tickets are just $35 each), as well as awareness of the work, that MLFA does in Malawi to help some of the world’s poorest women start and run small businesses and support themselves.

MLFA CEO, Clive Hughes thanked Simon and Kevin for their generous gift of their time, as well as Simon’s ongoing involvement with the organisation.

“We are absolutely delighted, that Simon and Kevin have made time in their busy schedules to put this concert on for us. Simon has been enthusiastic supporter of MicroLoan ever since he agreed to become our Patron several years ago. I think a lot of people have become very cynical about the ‘aid’ that the West gives to many countries in need. Many feel that much of the money is either wasted of subject to corruption. Simon and I both recognize the great thing about MicroLoan is that every dollar raised in Australia ends up being lent directly to poor women in Malawi so they can set up their own little businesses, to generate extra income to help lift themselves out of poverty. The model we use must be working, as more than 99% of all the money we lend is paid back and re-lent to other self motivated women.”

The event would not have been possible without the help of Simon and Kevin plus the support of St James Church and Hutchings Pianos.

About MicroLoan Foundation Australia

The MicroLoan Foundation in Australia (MLFA) was launched in 2009 by Brian Keen, based on the model established by MicroLoan Foundation in the UK in 2002. MLFA provides small loans, basic business training and ongoing mentoring support to groups of women in sub Saharan Africa, who are regarded as too poor to receive commercial loans from banks. The ultimate aim of the Foundation is to help the poor help themselves to eradicate poverty. In May 2009 Australia provided the initial funds to MLF Malawi to open its first office in Mulanje in the south of the country. By late 2010 Mulanje is providing more than 700 loans which affect the lives of more than 3,500 people.

More information at www.microloanfoundation.org.au.

Tickets to the concert are just $35 and are available from Moshtix or on the door on the evening of the performance (subject to availability).

Media Contact: Brian Keen 0417 211366