1,000 Microloans for Rural Women in East Africa

by Women's Microfinance Initiative

Summary

Self-sustaining micro finance initiative issuing collateral-free, interest-bearing loans, for as little as $50, to poor women in rural East Africa to start businesses to support their families. The borrowers' priorities for the use of their profits are: better nutrition, healthcare and paying school fees for their children. WMI provides outreach in all of these areas by empowering women with options to provide better care for their families.
$200,000
total goal
$22,800
remaining
1,021
donors
9
monthly donors
7
years active

Challenge

WMI is tackling global poverty and the disenfranchisement of impoverished, rural women in East Africa. Launched in 2008 in rural Buyobo, Uganda, WMI has provided over 15,000 microloans to chronically poor women in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, many supporting AIDS orphans. Borrowers start small businesses and use their profits to pay for school fees, food and healthcare. Communities benefit as borrowers hire helpers and advocate for local improvements.

Solution

WMI will-screen, train and issue loans of $50 - $250 to 1,000 more impoverished women to start businesses. WMI will organize borrower meetings, conduct site visits, provide ongoing business education and introduce women to dealing with the local bank.

Long-Term Impact

Empowering women living in desperate poverty in rural East Africa promotes in-country development from the bottom up. Women become involved in grass roots movements and advocate for far-reaching social and economic changes in their own country. The borrowers' priorities for the use of their profits are: better nutrition, healthcare and paying school fees for their children. WMI provides outreach in all of these areas by empowering women with options to provide better care for their families.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Resources

http:/​/​wmionline.org
WMI loan impact on poor households
2013 - WMI 5 Years Strong by Olive Wolimbwa
How it Works: Video of Buyobo Project
WMI Blog

Organization Information

Women's Microfinance Initiative

Location: Bethesda, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.wmionline.org
Project Leader:
Robyn Nietert
President
Bethesda, Maryland United States