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.

1,000 Microloans for Rural Women in East Africa

1,000 Microloans for Rural Women in East Africa
Photo from Progress Report 'WMI's January/February 2012 Trip to East Africa' (view small | med | large | orig)

1,000 Microloans for Rural Women in East Africa

1,000 Microloans for Rural Women in East Africa
Photo from Progress Report 'WMI's January/February 2012 Trip to East Africa' (view small | med | large | orig)

Robyn Nietert and Alice at her gradution ceremony

Robyn Nietert and Alice at her gradution ceremony
Photo from Progress Report 'Meet Alice Monje & Her Life Transforming Chickens!' (view small | med | large | orig)

Sewing

Sewing
Jackline Nagudi smiles for the camera as she works at her sewing business. Jackline received her loan from WMI. (view small | med | large | orig)

Drinking Straw Equality

Drinking Straw Equality
Members of Bulambuli village gather around to drink a borrower's home brew that she sells as part of her business. Borrowers report feeling more confident and having more say in the family, after they receive their first loans. (view small | med | large | orig)
 
   

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