Windmill Microlending helps immigrants and refugees achieve career success in Canada with microloans of up to $15,000. Our clients are healthcare professionals, engineers, and other skilled professionals. With our help, they are able to double or triple their incomes and reduce key labour shortages for Canada. Our model offers much more than finance. We support our clients in the development and attainment of their professional goals. Through our Client Success team, we offer guidance on employment readiness, accreditation pathways, and financial literacy. Our clients’ professional success is always our priority. Windmill Microlending is a registered charity, powered by the support of generous individuals, corporations and foundations. Together, we are building a more prosperous and inclusive Canada.
As the effects of the pandemic continued through the year, Windmill remained focused on the success of our clients. Our efforts paid dividends. We gained momentum and supported more newcomers than ever before. Our clients’ continued success is our most outstanding achievement – incomes increased and employment rates in their chosen fields remained strong.
Organizationally, Windmill received recognition from both our employees and the sector and we strengthened our relationships with our partners and supporters. These positive outcomes have positioned us to empower many more newcomers in the years to come.
In the 2020-21 fiscal year, the economic landscape of the global pandemic presented unique challenges to immigrants and the Windmill team. Nevertheless, through the resilience demonstrated by all Windmill clients continued to report career success and income growth. Windmill’s continued focus on expansion remains resolute, and with the innovative partnerships and operational enhancements developed this year, the future is promising.
Windmill’s 2019-20 fiscal year was one of growth and change. We surpassed our target of new loans, launched our microloan program in Quebec and helped our clients by starting a mentorship program. These things and many more would not have been possible without donors, partners, our Board of Directors and staff. They enabled Windmill to have a successful year.
Windmill’s 2018-19 fiscal year was one of many milestones. We celebrated two important firsts – a record number of new loans and the launch of our community bond program – and marked two significant transitions – our loan management moved in house and our new brand launched. All four were significant milestones on our journey to become a truly national charity, one that helps skilled immigrants across Canada achieve their professional goals.