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.
Apr 9, 2012

YOUR SEED OF CHANGE

Mamie Sikuli, inside her tailorng shop in Butembo
Mamie Sikuli, inside her tailorng shop in Butembo

Dear Supporters,

 

Greetings from the Pro-Microfinance Team. Your contributions have led to remarkable changes in the lives of Pro-microfinance International’s clients, including that of Mamie Sikuli, a long-term borrower of the program.

Before joining Pro-Microfinance International, Mamie had never had the opportunity to generate her own income. As a housewife and seasonal agriculturalist, and mother to 5 children, the family had no savings. When her husband, a school teacher, passed away in 2009, life became even more difficulty for the family. Mamie faced many challenges in providing for her family, and oftentimes depended on the charity of her relatives.

When Mamie heard in late 2009 from her neighbor about Pro-Microfinance International, she decided to join the group and engage in a second hand clothing business. While she became independent of her relatives’ charity for food, Mamie still struggled to send her children to school. However, after two years of selling second hand clothing and saving the profits, Mamie was able to purchase a second hand sewing machine. From another Pro-Microfinance International client, Mamie received training in sewing that allowed her to start up her own tailoring business.

Through Mamie’s hard work and determination to send her children to school, the business soon doubled. Today, Mamie has her own workshop, a brand new sewing machine, and has even hired an assistant tailor to help her with her expanding business. All 5 of her children, who she says now eat a much healthier diet, are now in school.

Pro-microfinance is delighted to share this success story with our supporters, as your gifts and support have allowed us to work with many more women like Mamie.

We invite you to become a monthly donor to PMI. Recurring donations are simple to set up, and can be cancelled at any time. By setting up your regular gift by Direct Debit on PayPal, we will be able to help even more small business owners in DR Congo work their way out of poverty:

 

$5 can fund financial training for one woman.

$10 can train a woman in new skills such as soap-making.

$20 can fund start up capital for one woman.

$50 can fund a sewing machine for a micro enterprise business.

To make a tax-deductible donation please go to:

 www.globalgiving.org/7820


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Dec 30, 2011

Thank You for Your Support in 2011

Dear Supporters,

 Before 2011 comes to a close, we would like to thank you for your support to hundreds of families this year. During 2011, PMI expanded its loan programs to serve over 300 families in Butembo, North Kivu, hiring additional staff and gaining new volunteers in the United States.  

Mama Monique Kavuo, a real artist who makes, chains, bracelets, beaded baskets, carpets from wasted plastic bottles.

This Christmas, PMI clients will be able to impress their friends and families in a manner they were not able to last year, including purchasing new clothes for their children with savings from their businesses, and hosting visitors without preoccupation of the financial costs incurred. These important milestones bring dignity and pride to families previously displaced and separated by conflict.

This holiday season, I would like to encourage you to give a gift that will change forever the life for those in greatest need. Your gift today will bring a smile back to a women and her family.

 

John S. Kavyavu

Executive Director

Pro-Microfinance International

Sep 26, 2011

PMI Success Story from the field

Maman Musa poses with three of her children
Maman Musa poses with three of her children

 

Thanks to You, Some Good News!

In this issue:

  • ·         Maman Musa’s Road to Recovery
  • ·         Happy Hour for Humanity
  • ·         Make a Lasting Difference with a recurring donation through PayPal

 Maman Musa’s Road to Recovery

 

Maman Musa became a widow in January of 2011, at age 32 when her husband was assassinated by the military in Eastern DR Congo. Maman’s husband, a money exchanger in the town of Butembo, had just returned home from visiting his wife in the hospital. Maman’s husband was in bed the night three military men broke into their house, and locked three of the family’s children and babysitter in the kitchen. After robbing Maman’s husband, the men shot him in front of their fourth child, a 6 year old boy.

Living far from her parent’s family with four children to take care of, Maman Musa began continuing the work of her husband; borrowing money from money-lenders, changing it at a minimal profit, and returning it within a short time period. Despite her hard work, she was barely able to feed her family, and her hopes to send her children to school gradually faded.

Maman Musa poses with three of her children, while one daughter is in school

When a local website published her story, Pro-Microfinance DR Congo staff contacted her to offer her training and loan services. After hearing her story from a conversation with PMI Chief Executive Director, one of our donors made a pledge of $200 contribution towards Maman Musa’s business. In March 2011 she got the $ 200 and now Maman Musa is financially stable and all her children are going to school. Maman Musa, was able to transform her situation from housewife dependent on her husband, and victim of the war in DR Congo, to a successful entrepreneur supporting her family. This is just one of the many success stories PMI has co-created thanks to your support.

Happy Hour for Humanity

 A “Happy Hour for Humanity” organized by Brianne Dornbush was held at the Getaway Bar and Restaurant in Washington DC, for Pro-Microfinance International on Tuesday 26th, 2011. A portion of the of sales from drinks at the  bar were donated to PMI.

 

The event lasted four hours, and was the first event of its kind in the DC area. Both long-time supporters of Pro-Microfinance as well as new faces, attended; this was an opportunity for both the Getaway Bar and Restaurant and Pro-Microfinance to gain new supporters. Pro-Microfinance wishes to thank everyone who attended and made the event a success, and sends a huge thanks to Brianne for all her work in making it happen.

Top and bottom: PMI Board members and supporters at the Getaway Bar and Restaurant, Washington DC

New: Making a Long-Term Difference with a recurring donation through PayPal or www.globalgiving.org/7820

 

We invite you to become a monthly donor to PMI. Recurring donations are simple to set up, and can be cancelled at any time. By setting up your regular gift by Direct Debit on PayPal, we will be able to help even more small business owners in DR Congo work their way out of poverty:

  • $5 can fund financial training for one woman.
  • $10 can train a woman in new skills such as soap-making.
  • $20 can fund start up capital for one woman.
  • $50 can fund a sewing machine for a micro enterprise business.

To make a tax-deductible donation please go to:

 www.globalgiving.org/7820

 

or send a check to:

 

Pro-Microfinance International

7777 Maple Ave #208

Takoma Park, MD 20912

 

Thank you for your generosity and continued support for the women and families in DR Congo. Our success is a result of your united efforts. 

 

Gratefully,

 

John Syauswa,

Founder & CEO, ProMicrofinace International

 

Maman Musa
Maman Musa
PMI Board members and Supporters at the Getaway DC
PMI Board members and Supporters at the Getaway DC
PMI Board members and Supporters at the Getaway DC
PMI Board members and Supporters at the Getaway DC
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