Unmarked Streets was founded by Andrea Stachnik in 2012. Andrea studied finance and economics at Loyola University Chicago, and has worked in financial forecasting, reporting, and budgeting. She has been involved in microfinance since 2007 when she began volunteering with a charity called TradeRelief which supports social enterprises in Africa.
In 2010 she quit her job and joined a volunteer program in Guatemala to work in microfinance. She saw a huge number of non-profits providing loans, but very little available for someone who didn't know how to run or manage a business. She met many women who were uncomfortable taking out a loan and exposing their families to debt when they had so little faith in themselves and what they could achieve. She wanted to create an environment for women where instead of going into debt, they could earn money as they learned new skills.