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Sustainably Empowering Individuals, Families, and Entrepreneurs
  • SEG gains national recognition The White House and President Barack Obama honored SEG as one of five Champions of Change last Spring.
  • Financial Rescue When things look bleak, often it feels like there's nowhere to turn. SEG offers loans to overcome emergency situations to help area individuals maintain financial dignity.
  • Helping Local Entrepreneurs SEG makes loans up to $5,000 so that local entrepreneurs can launch or expand their small businesses.
  • Worldwide Impact SEG has helped start a general store and a restaurant in Nicaragua. Our partnerships have created jobs and strengthened communities around the world.
  • Become Financially Fit Financial fitness is as important as it is hard. SEG offers a financial education course to give you the tools to take control of your family's finances.

The Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG) is a microfinance organization made up of students and community members from the town of Grinnell, Iowa, USA. Originally conceived as a Grinnell College student group raising money for entrepreneurs in developing countries, SEG now implements microloans in communities around the world and provides microfinancing services to the local Grinnell community.

SEG makes a difference around the world and also uses microfinance to help alleviate poverty and provide entrepreneurial assistance right here in Grinnell. You can also read more about its humble beginnings as a group of college students collecting quarters and nickels from friends to a federal nonprofit with over $50,000 loaned.