Women's Microfinance Initiative

Started by women in the Washington, D.C. area, WMI makes loans to impoverished women in developing nations who have no access to banks. Issuing affordable, collateral-free loans for as little as $50, WMI promotes women's economic empowerment to reduce global poverty. WMI's goal is to help poor women build assets to stabilize their income, improve their familiy's living standard, become advocates for their families/communities, and transition into independent banking and the formal economy.
800 Microloans for poor women in rural East Africa
Chekwii, Uganda
(1.75754, 34.27734)
Atiak, Uganda loan hub
Gulu-Nimule Rd, Atiak, Uganda
(3.26440, 32.12577)
Bududa, Uganda loan hub
Bududa Ring, Mount Elgon National Park, Bududa, Uganda
(1.00957, 34.33322)
Buyobo Uganda
chemonges square road, Kapchorwa, Uganda
From report: Changing Lives!
(1.41511, 34.53003)
Buyobo Village
Namusi - Budadiri Rd, Mount Elgon National Park, Budadiri, Uganda
(1.10319, 34.32917)
Buyobo, Uganda
Namusi - Budadiri Rd, Mount Elgon National Park, Budadiri, Uganda
(1.18798, 34.34609)
Buyobo, Uganda loan hub
Mbale-Moroto Rd, Sironko, Uganda
(1.23206, 34.25147)
Gulu, Uganda loan hub
Kidepo-Gulu, Gulu, Uganda
(2.77829, 32.28757)
Help US Students Finish Classrooms in Uganda
Mbale-Moroto Rd, Uganda
(1.12603, 34.03290)
High School Interns traveled to Buyobo where they painted classrooms, taught school and distributed glasses. Adult interns trained WMI members in excell and improve the internet cafe's connection.
Mbale-Moroto Rd, Uganda
(1.44589, 34.36331)
Jinja, Uganda loan hub
Lubogo, Jinja, Uganda
(.43812, 33.20342)
Ngarendare Kenya
C 92, Kenya
From report: Changing Lives!
(-.10085, 37.76001)
Ntumburi, Kenya
Thika Rd, Kenya
(.19522, 37.51614)
Shikokho, Kenya loan hub
Malinya-Shikokho Rd, Kenya
(.18423, 34.70495)
WMI opened a new loan hub in Shikokho, Kenya this summer. Liz Ongao, who oversees the Siaya, Kenya location traveled to Shikokho to help administer the first round of loans.
Malinya-Iguhu Rd, Kenya
(.18526, 34.72915)
main road to Buyobo - pitted with pot holes and impassable during heavy rains
Mbale-Moroto Rd, Uganda
(1.20610, 34.21784)
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