Pro-Microfinance International

The vision of Pro-Microfinance International is to be a pioneering microfinance institution in Africa, by providing financial services to the most inaccessible regions of the continent. Using local social networks and in-kind loans, Pro-Microfinance International will be able to provide desperately needed credit and income generation assistance to those underserved by formal credit systems.Pro-Microfinance International's mission is to empower women and men irrespective.
Nov 10, 2015

The Concept of "Microsavings" is Taking Root

Maman Juliette, a Liboke vendor in Kinshasa
Maman Juliette, a Liboke vendor in Kinshasa

“Bwakisa Carte” is a micro savings program where collectors collect daily deposits from client savers during a 31 days cycle. The collectors return the accumulated savings to the savers minus one day’s deposit as a collection fee. Clients have the option to collect all the money after each cycle or leave their savings to grow.                           PMI DR Congo has been promoting this program for over two years and we are thrilled with the results.                   Increasingly, we are able to bring success stories, like Juliette, to share with our readers.

Maman Juliette                                                                                                                                             Maman Juliette is a single mother of 4 children. She lives in Kinshasa, the famously hectic capital city of the DR Congo. Paying for her four children to go to school once seemed unimaginable. But since she joined the “Bwakisa Carte” program, she started to save 50 cents every day with a Pro-Microfinance staff member, who visits her, along with dozens of other entrepreneurs, every day of the week. Maman Juliette began to save 15 USD every month.  Today, almost a year since she joined the program, she also increased her daily savings deposits to $USD 1.3. Her monthly savings have more than doubled as a result. Previously, she was forced to take a loan to pay for her children’s school fees. Each year, she barely managed to buy their school supplies at the beginning of the school calendar, but today, with her daily savings, she is able to pay school fees on time. In addition, she says, she’s also able to respond to minor emergencies in her family without being forced into debt.

Juliette’s story shows that saving money, even if only pennies at a time, is a life changing habit. Pro-microfinance is encouraging the saving culture in the communities we work with.  As of today, we have over 2,000 micro entrepreneurs in both Kinshasa and Butembo participating in the microsaving program.

With your support, we plan to recruit and train 10 to 15 new Bwakisa Carte collectors early next year to be able to reach out to more micro entrepreneurs.

Thank you for making this happen,

Board officer Julia Smith with staff and clients
Board officer Julia Smith with staff and clients
Aug 3, 2015

Meet Mr. Presence Mutundi

Presence Mutundi with cauliflowers from his garden
Presence Mutundi with cauliflowers from his garden

We are excited to introduce Mr. Presence Mutundi.

Presence is one of the 29 participants of the joint Pro-Microfinance-Community Shamba Project training in Butembo/East DR Congo in October last year. During the two weeks hands-on permaculture design training, participants from local schools and organizations had the opportunity to learn permaculture principles promoting food security and self-sufficiency.

After the training, Mr. Presence Mutundi worked with a group of 30 people to teach them about permaculture principles. At the Mariana Primary school, a rural elementary school on the outskirts of Butembo, North Kivu there are now 30 subplots of 7 by 20 meters each, where each person trained by Presence is trying their own experimental garden using intercropping techniques and liquid manure.

Presence and his students are now reaping the corn, beans and cauliflower from their first harvest and this is just the beginning. He hopes to continue sharing these lessons and others learned from the training with members of his community.

Increasing the knowledge and skills of local communities is exactly what Pro-microfinance is passionate about. This is one of the many success stories you help to create when supporting Pro-Microfinance initiatives.

Presence Mutundi
Presence Mutundi's garden
Apr 1, 2015

This is how YOU are improving Students performance!!

Mr. Dieudonne with his Wife and daughter
Mr. Dieudonne with his Wife and daughter

Dear Supporters,

This is how you are making a difference:

Mr. Dieudonne one of the edupreneurs (education entrepreneurs) receiving affordable loan from the “Revolving Loan for low cost schools’ a program of PMI DR Congo reported that, since moving the secondary school classes from the warehouse-style previous premises to its current ones funded with your donations, teachers from the sixth form (students aged 18-26) had seen a dramatic improvement in the performance of the students in the state exams (equivalent of GED in the USA); reporting that in previous years up to 61% of sixth form students had passed the state exam, while since moving, the rates of success on state exams in the sixth form student class had risen to 95%. He attributed this to the more suitable conditions for learning in the new location, including a smaller class size.

Thank you for your continued generous Support and belief in our mission!!

Nyalulembe School in Eastern DRC
Nyalulembe School in Eastern DRC
 
   

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