Pro-Microfinance International

The vision of Pro-Microfinance International is to be a pioneering microfinance institution in Africa, by providing financial services to the most inaccessible regions of the continent. Using local social networks and in-kind loans, Pro-Microfinance International will be able to provide desperately needed credit and income generation assistance to those underserved by formal credit systems.Pro-Microfinance International's mission is to empower women and men irrespective.
Aug 3, 2015

Meet Mr. Presence Mutundi

Presence Mutundi with cauliflowers from his garden
Presence Mutundi with cauliflowers from his garden

We are excited to introduce Mr. Presence Mutundi.

Presence is one of the 29 participants of the joint Pro-Microfinance-Community Shamba Project training in Butembo/East DR Congo in October last year. During the two weeks hands-on permaculture design training, participants from local schools and organizations had the opportunity to learn permaculture principles promoting food security and self-sufficiency.

After the training, Mr. Presence Mutundi worked with a group of 30 people to teach them about permaculture principles. At the Mariana Primary school, a rural elementary school on the outskirts of Butembo, North Kivu there are now 30 subplots of 7 by 20 meters each, where each person trained by Presence is trying their own experimental garden using intercropping techniques and liquid manure.

Presence and his students are now reaping the corn, beans and cauliflower from their first harvest and this is just the beginning. He hopes to continue sharing these lessons and others learned from the training with members of his community.

Increasing the knowledge and skills of local communities is exactly what Pro-microfinance is passionate about. This is one of the many success stories you help to create when supporting Pro-Microfinance initiatives.

Presence Mutundi
Presence Mutundi's garden
Apr 1, 2015

This is how YOU are improving Students performance!!

Mr. Dieudonne with his Wife and daughter
Mr. Dieudonne with his Wife and daughter

Dear Supporters,

This is how you are making a difference:

Mr. Dieudonne one of the edupreneurs (education entrepreneurs) receiving affordable loan from the “Revolving Loan for low cost schools’ a program of PMI DR Congo reported that, since moving the secondary school classes from the warehouse-style previous premises to its current ones funded with your donations, teachers from the sixth form (students aged 18-26) had seen a dramatic improvement in the performance of the students in the state exams (equivalent of GED in the USA); reporting that in previous years up to 61% of sixth form students had passed the state exam, while since moving, the rates of success on state exams in the sixth form student class had risen to 95%. He attributed this to the more suitable conditions for learning in the new location, including a smaller class size.

Thank you for your continued generous Support and belief in our mission!!

Nyalulembe School in Eastern DRC
Nyalulembe School in Eastern DRC
Dec 29, 2014

Happy Holiday Season to all our contributors!!

Participants at the demonstration garden
Participants at the demonstration garden

Pro-microfinance wishes you a very happy holiday season and is delighted to share some photos of the successful roll-out of the Community Shamba Project, a subproject that partners with its Butembo office for financial services and local coordination support.

On Monday, October 13, 2014 the first full Permaculture design training of trainers to be offered in Butembo, DRC began. The two-week, intensive training was co-sponsored by Pro-Microfinance International and the Permaculture Research Institute- Kenya. Instructors Joseph Lentunyoi and Aaron Karumba traveled from Kenya and Southern Congo respectively to work with the course’s 29 participants, who were a mix of school teachers and farmers from agricultural cooperatives. The two week course exposed participants to a number of new skills and techniques, as well as practical exercises in a demonstration garden, such as the sheet-mulch sandwich pictured. Course participants also learned advanced composting, contouring and recycling techniques for biological wastes. Participants were excited to be exposed especially to the practical aspects of the curriculum, which brought classroom theories to life.

Participants commented that they appreciated the course and the skills gained from it. In a country where 70% of the population lacks access to adequate food and 1 in 4 children are malnourished (WFP, 2012), a training-of-trainers model for grassroots organizations such as those represented in the course is an important step forward in addressing-and spreading awareness on- local, environmental opportunities and knowledge gaps.

Course participants expressed an eagerness to receive further trainings in many of the topics introduced during the course, such as bio-gases, mushroom cultivation, bee-keeping and pesticide. All participants were unanimously happy to have had the opportunity to participate. 

Pro-microfinance is delighted to have played a role in the facilitation of this training and hopes to be able to coordinate more similar courses in the future. Please consider a donation to PMI in place of a gift to a loved one this holiday season- your donations are absolutely invaluable to us.

Kaswera Sivyaleghana is one of the participants
Kaswera Sivyaleghana is one of the participants

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