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.

A lesson in finance

A lesson in finance
A WMI borrower receives instruction about good business practices. Because many borrowers have no prior experience managing money, they are taught business skills before they receive their loans. (view small | med | large | orig)

Sorting through eyeglasses

Sorting through eyeglasses
Photo from Progress Report 'WMI's Summer Activities' (view small | med | large | orig)

Launch of Shikokho Loan Hub

Launch of Shikokho Loan Hub
Photo from Progress Report 'WMI's Summer Activities' (view small | med | large | orig)

Heidi talks to a child

Heidi talks to a child
Photo from Progress Report 'WMI's Summer Activities' (view small | med | large | orig)

Nalini teaches math

Nalini teaches math
Photo from Progress Report 'WMI's Summer Activities' (view small | med | large | orig)
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