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.

View of the School

View of the School
Buyobo primary school was built in the 1930's and has had no major repairs since that time. It is falling apart with crumbling cement floors and holes in the roof. There are over 100 children in some of the classroom and in these conditions they can simply not learn. Students from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland learned of their plight and travelled to Uganda in July, 2010 to help. (view small | med | large | orig)

Students of the Buyobo Primary School

Students of the Buyobo Primary School
Some of the many students who attend the Buyobo Primary School assembled to thank the Walt Whitman students for their help. They are led by Olive Wolimbwa, head of the Women's Microfinance Initiative, which sponsered the Walt Whitman students. (view small | med | large | orig)

Students Moving Bricks

Students Moving Bricks
Walt Whitman students arrive in July, 2010 to help finish construction of the three classrooms. Children from the village move bricks to help speed up construction. (view small | med | large | orig)

Foundation in Early Stages

Foundation in Early Stages
The foundation of the three new classrooms in their early days of construction, spring 2010. These are the first new classrooms built in this village in over 75 years. (view small | med | large | orig)

Olive Nangoli and Her Motorbike

Olive Nangoli and Her Motorbike
Photo from Progress Report 'Must see Uganda Photos!' (view small | med | large | orig)
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