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.

Proud shop owner

Proud shop owner
Olive Bwarisi shows off her wares in the shop she started with a WMI loan. (view small | med | large | orig)

Getting Started

Getting Started
First time WMI borrower learning how to keep her books (view small | med | large | orig)

Buyohildren reading from the donated books in the new building.

Buyohildren reading from the donated books in the new building.
Photo from Progress Report 'Women's Microfinance Initiative' (view small | med | large | orig)

The new building opens its doors to the Buyobo community.

The new building opens its doors to the Buyobo community.
Photo from Progress Report 'Women's Microfinance Initiative' (view small | med | large | orig)

1,000 Microloans for Rural Women in East Africa

1,000 Microloans for Rural Women in East Africa
Photo from Progress Report 'Postcard from WMI' (view small | med | large | orig)

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