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Judith and Moses in Their Shop Judith and her Posho Mill Eunice's Beanies for Sale Eunice at her Knitting Machine

Women's Microfinance Initiative

Org #1025
Vetted since 2008 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified
2007
year founded
$312,710
raised on GlobalGiving
11
years fundraising
2
projects funded
* Amounts in US Dollars

Mission

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

Bridge Registry   BRIDGE ID #3557933898
Organization Information
8609 Fenway Drive
Bethesda, MD 20818
United States
301 520 0865

Bridge Registry   BRIDGE ID #3557933898

Project Reports

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Feb 6, 2020
Report from the Field: A Women Never Gets Sick
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Judith. Judith is the Chairperson of Karimi Women’s Group, one of WMI’s lending groups in northern Kenya. She is 65 and the owner of a posho mill, a...
Nov 11, 2019
Eunice Knits Her Way to Prosperity
Meet Eunice. “I love to knit, it is very enjoyable for me.” Eunice is 55 years old, and the secretary of Karimi Women’s Group. She owns a shop in the trading center of Ntirimiti in...
Aug 15, 2019
Beatrice Goes to Market!
This is Beatrice. She runs a Bogoya Business at Sonali Trading Center in Sironko District in Eastern Uganda. Beatrice joined the WMI Loan Program in 2007. This is the story of how she was able to...
 
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