1,000 Microloans for Rural Women in East Africa

by Women's Microfinance Initiative
Jun 13, 2012

New video:Small Loan, Big Change

WMI New borrower training
WMI New borrower training

The Women's Microfinance Initiative is continuing to expand its outreach to impoverished rural women in East Africa with loan, business skills training and support to get women started with income producing small enterprises.  WMI's new video: Small Loan, Big Change gives the women in the loan program a chance to tell their story and thank all those donors around the world who have supported them.  Take a few minutes to see how your wonderful support is helping WMI deliver a triple bottom line to combat povertyin sub-Saharan Africa:

1. The loan program gets capital into the hands of impoverished women so that they can start businesses and it provides them with the training that they need to help make those businesses a success.

2. It builds the human capacity of the women-focused, Community Based Organizations (CBO) that WMI partners with to operate the loan programs at the village level. These CBOs evolve into a resource for the entire community and can help families access the goods and services they want and need to improve their household living standards. 

3. The WMI loan program is bringing about structural change in the way banks deal with poor, rural women.

In essence, WMI has engineered itself into the financial service value chain on the ground - networking village-level CBOs and local banks in a new configuration that had not been considered - and one that has resulted in benefits to its partners, its borrowers, and the greater community. It is a simple and flexible operating model that delivers a large and multi-faceted impact.  Thank you so much for your ongoing generosity in supporting the WMI loan program.

Click here or past the link into your browser to view the newest video on WMI's You Tube page:




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Women's Microfinance Initiative

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

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