Our history

Learn about the history of Micro Rainbow

December 2018 – MRI changes its name to Micro Rainbow and focuses its programming on the United Kingdom only. All MRI’s international work is undertaken by the MRI Foundation. For more information about Micro Rainbow’s work in Cambodia and Brazil, please consult the archive.

August 2018 – MRI opens the first two safe houses for LGBTI asylum seekers in the West Midlands

May 2018 – MRI celebrates training over 150 LGBTI people in Rio de Janeiro on starting a small business

April 2018 – MRI wins the “CSR programme of the year” awarded by the Legal Business

March 2018 – MRI starts reaching out to LGBTI people in rural areas in Cambodia

February 2018 and September 2018 – MRI opens two more safe houses in the London area

January 2018 – MRI’s housing project is featured on Channel 4 News

October 2017 – MRI opens the first safe house for LGBTI asylum seekers in the United Kingdom

October 2017 – MRI wins the Thomson Reuters Foundation award for Innovation

August 2017 – launch of the report “LGBT Entrepreneurship: case studies of socioeconomic empowerment in Rio de Janeiro between 2015-2017”

August 2017 – MRI is a winner of the Láurea CAF 2017 award, which acknowledges the best initiatives in support of micro entrepreneurship in Brazil

November 2016 – MRI’s United Kingdom housing project is one of the finalists in the European Union Social Innovation Award

August 2016 – launch of the first 20 LGBTI owned small businesses in Brazil

July 2016 – MRI’s director Jill Power is recognised with the prestigious Change Makers” award

May 2016 – launch of the first report on poverty of LGBTI people in Cambodia

April 2016 – the Ambassador of the European Union in Brazil visits and supports MRI’s project in Rio de Janeiro

January 2015 – EU funding is secured to support LGBTI people in poverty in Brazil to set up small businesses

June 2014 – launch of the first report on poverty of LGBT people in Brazil

January 2014LGBTI poverty mentioned for the first time at the United Nations by MRI

October 2013 – launch of the first report on poverty of lesbian and gay refugees in the United Kingdom

September 2013 – MRI programme in Cambodia begins

September 2012 – key consultations in Brazil take place and MRI programme in Brazil begins

July 2012 – MRI programme in the United Kingdom begins

June 2012 – MRI officially registers in the United Kingdom