from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A very small, often short-term loan made to an impoverished entrepreneur, as in an underdeveloped country.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small loan, especially one extended to a poor person as part of a microcredit program of such lending intended to alleviate poverty.
micro- + loan (Wiktionary)