Empowering entrepreneurs in greater Phoenix since 2011

Founded in 2011, Arizona Microcredit Initiative has quickly grown to become a leading microfinance institute in Phoenix.

AMI was created with the vision for an organization that could help entrepreneurs become financially self-sufficient and contribute to their local economies.


As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are dedicated to that original vision by providing underserved entrepreneurs with access to business instruction and capital.

“AMI explained the entire process of obtaining 501(c)(3) status. They provided us with all the information in neat and organized ways, empowering us. We are extremely grateful to AMI, and would recommend them to all other entrepreneurs.”

- Nisha Rehman, Hands for Henna

"Ferrara said he believes that starting a business comes with many uncertainties, but seeing ASU graduates succeed serves as an opportunity to better understand and relate to the journey of a successful business owner."

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