WMI Borrower at her retail shop WMI Borrower selling produce WMI Borrower at her Saloon Sewing

Women's Microfinance Initiative

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WMI was founded in November, 2007 by seven Washington DC area professional women to address women's economic disenfranchisement in rural East Africa. Two board members were working with a rural women's association in Sironko District, Uganda through a church project, and the village women asked for help to establish a loan program. WMI, unlike conventional aid initiatives, preserves its capital basis by providing loans rather than subsidies. 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... read more

Projects (3)

Project Leaders
Robyn Nietert
Robyn Nietert
Organization Information
8609 Fenway Drive
Bethesda, MD 20818
United States
301 520 0865
Organization Information
8609 Fenway Drive
Bethesda, MD 20818
United States
301 520 0865

Project Reports

Each of GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners is required to send quarterly donor reports detailing the impact of their work. Here are some of their recent updates:

Nov 29, 2021
Will We Go Back to This?
A week or so ago we were reflecting on the quarterly message we would send to you, our faithful donors. We planned to report that after almost two years of COVID-related challenges, our lending...
Aug 3, 2021
It's All in How You Say It
Life in a Maasai Village in Tanzania is never easy, but Women’s Microfinance Initiative’s goal is to help level the economic playing field for the women who live there. We do that by...
Apr 12, 2021
Dear Donors, Whack, Whack, Whack. That’s the sound of table tennis balls being returned in the meeting hall at Women’s Microfinance Initiative’s headquarters in rural Buyobo, Uganda....
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