Women's Microfinance Initiative

Started by women in the Washington, D.C. area, 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 to help poor women build assets to stabilize their income, improve their familiy's living standard, become advocates for their families/communities, and transition into independent banking and the formal economy.

Robyn Nietert, WMI Pres., helps with 2010 loans

Robyn Nietert, WMI Pres., helps with 2010 loans
Photo from Progress Report 'WMI Expands Loans to Poor Women in Africa in 2010' (view small | med | large | orig)

The WMI building completed in summer 2009

The WMI building completed in summer 2009
Photo from Progress Report 'WMI Expands Loans to Poor Women in Africa in 2010' (view small | med | large | orig)

Life is good

Life is good
WMI borrower rejoices at being able to support her family with income from her business. (view small | med | large | orig)

Proud shop owner

Proud shop owner
Olive Bwarisi shows off her wares in the shop she started with a WMI loan. (view small | med | large | orig)

Getting Started

Getting Started
First time WMI borrower learning how to keep her books (view small | med | large | orig)
 
   

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