The Toronto Globe & Mail reports on a project to provide “microfinance” loans of $3,000 up to $25,000 to people diagnosed with mental illness who are trying to start businesses. So far the Toronto project has financed 17 clients with a 100% payback rate, and is now being expanded across the Ontario province to fund a target of small-business loans next year. The project is run out of the school of management at the University of Toronto (in partnership with Canada’s Center for Addiction and Mental Health). “There’s a dignity when they walk through these doors – they’re coming to a business school, not a hospital. And they’re treated as entrepreneurs,” says the program’s executive director.