Carol volunteering for the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) to help women

Carol volunteering for the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) to help women

When Carol retired two years ago from a long career at the Child Support Agency, slowing down was not part of her plan. “I thought it was time to do some volunteering and give back to Albury”.

“Working at Child Support for so long, I always felt I was helping women. Sometimes I think women get the harder deal when it comes to a separation or if they’re by themselves.”

This passion for helping women and their families led Carol to volunteer at a local women’s centre.

“I was at Albury Women’s Centre for Health and Wellbeing for an event and I thought I love the feeling here, so I asked ‘Do you have volunteer positions?’ They called me back a few weeks later and I’ve been working on the NILS loan assessment committee ever since.”

No interest Loan Scheme (NILS) volunteer Carol, walking and talking with Claire from Good Shepherd Microfinance
No interest Loan Scheme (NILS) volunteer Carol, walking and talking with Claire from Good Shepherd Microfinance

Carol found her years working in the public service were excellent training for NILS.

“Because I had a lot of experience with confidentiality and personal finances it was easy for me to fit in and help. I go through the NILS applications and assess them to ensure people can afford the loan and that it won’t put them into hardship.”

“I love being at the Women’s Centre. Although I don’t have client contact it’s so wonderful to see the Centre’s clients benefit so hugely from NILS. I plan on volunteering here for as long as they’ll have me!”

There are around 1,300 people who volunteer their time, skills and energy to delivering NILS and StepUP in their local communities. Last year volunteers in the microfinance network provided a volume of work equivalent to 133 fulltime positions.

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