Dedicating Mutufu Building January 2020 Building the Latrine WMI Staff Inspecting Gombe Construction WMI Borrower Training Session

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

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Dec 21, 2020
Dear Donors, WMI is currently building its eighth meeting pavilion, due to be completed in time for loan training and issuance in January 2021. Constructing pavilions, like this one in rural Gombe,...
Aug 25, 2020
Navigating Through Covid-19
Dear Donors: We hope that you are continuing to stay safe and well this summer. Although the world has changed substantially in the past six months, we are happy to report that Women’s...
May 4, 2020
WMI Women in the Time of Covid-19
Dear Donors, How the world has changed since our last update! The Covid19 virus has been slow to spread in East Africa with the following number of cases reported: Uganda: 81; Kenya: 396 and Tanzania:...
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