WMI Video Library

Buyobo Girl Thanking WMI

Since its inception in 2008, WMI has been cataloguing the progress and impact of the loan program through videos compiled in the field by interns, volunteers and WMI officers who travel to loan hubs each year. The videos document the history of WMI's evolution and provide a window into the lives of the women and families we serve in hundreds of rural villages in East Africa.




WMI Loan Program: Impact and Progress

2017 - Clean Water for Buyobo
The recently completed Buyobo water restoration project shows the vital importance of clean water to the community and the difficulty of managing water systems in rural villages. (5:37)

2016 - Good Health is Good for Business
Partnering with local medical professionals, WMI brings healthcare, cancer screening and HIV/AIDS outreach to village loan hubs in Uganda. (6:12)

2015 - WMI Multigenerational Impact - Sironko District, Uganda
The children of WMI borrowers talk about the impact the WMI loan program has had on their community and their own opportunities. (4:40)

2015 - Village Girls Group Funded by WMI - Sironko District, Uganda
WMI initiates entrepreneurship and health training programs for teen-age girls in the village. (4:42)

2015 - Community Projects Expand Through WMI Loan Program - Sironko District, Uganda
The WMI loan program generates income to support community-wide programs that benefit the entire village. (4:45)

2015 - Loan Program Impact from a Woman's Perspective - East Africa
The 2015 Capstone Senior Team from the Bullis School in Potomac, MD studied the WMI loan program's impact from a local woman's perspective and created this video to publicize how small businesses help alleviate poverty and improve household living standards for rural women in East Africa. (20:50)

2015 - Aguti Benna, Clinician, Medical Centre - Gulu, Uganda
Aguti Scovia Benna, clinician at a Gulu, Uganda heath centre, explains how WMI loans help families access medical care. (0:26)

2014 - Journey Through WMI
Ladies in the WMI loan program show how the program takes village women from training to independent bank loans in 24 months. (3:29)

2014 - WMI Borrowers in Tanzania Marketplace
WMI borrowers in Tanzania now have funds to stock their small business and do a brisk trade in the local open air marketplace. (1:34)

2012 - Small Loan, Big Change
Jackline Namonye, WMI Borrower and Assistant Local Director, shows how WMI small loans made a big change in her family's life. (14:43)

2012 - Triple Bottom Line Impact of WMI
Robyn Nietert, WMI's President, talks about WMI's triple bottom line impact from WMI's first loan hub in Buyobo, Uganda. (5:42)

2010 - Voice of America
Experts say microfinance can be an important liberating force in societies where women struggle against social and economic conditions. Voice of America interviewed WMI's Robyn Nietert on the growing success of WMI's loan programs. (2:45)

How it Works! - The WMI Loan Program Overview
Women's groups in rural villages in Uganda and Kenya are building a road out of poverty with their own hard work, determination and support from the US-based Women's Microfinance Initiative. (9:56)

October 2010 - WMI Location Visits
In October 2010, Montana Stevenson and Ainsley Morris accompanied WMI borrowers and trainers, Olive, Irene, Jackline, and Penina on training visits in Uganda and Kenya. (5:16)

2009 - WMI Launch
Follow the journey of American businesswomen as they travel to Buyobo, Uganda to help impoverished widows launch small businesses. (9:48)

Video Biographies: WMI Women Share Their Stories

WMI borrowers took center stage to show supporters worldwide how the loan program has impacted their lives and their rural communities. Thanks to Greenlight Apparel for assisting in the production of many of the video biographies.


Penina's School - Sironko District, Uganda Loan Hub
Her journey from first-time WMI borrower to Head Mistress of her own school serving hundreds of students in rural Uganda. (4:56)

Susan Aringo - WMI Local Coordinator - Gulu, Uganda Loan Hub
Susan Aringo is a rural businesswoman in Northern Uganda who knows about the challenges of life in an area that is still recovering from a twenty year insurgency led by The Lord's Resistance Army. (2:12)

Alice Monje's loan bought chicks and now she runs a thriving chicken business with the help of her entire family. (2:46)

Allen Namerome's loan started a bean and grain trading business; profits allowed her to buy cows and other livestock that vastly improve her family's nutrition. (1:19)

Joy Nangalama started a fish business with her loan and switched to selling beer, to operating a motorcycle taxi, to leasing out a chain saw to stay profitable and one step ahead of the competition. (2:13)

Margaret started a jewelry business with her WMI loan that has ended her days of poverty. She says having a business is even making her look younger. (2:54)

Olive Wolimbwa's loan launched a business that paid school fees for her eldest son to graduate from University - he obtained a full-time job in the microfinance industry. (1:56)

Robinah Wamanga used her loan to build a successful produce business from scratch; after getting to know other WMI women, she was elected to the local district government with their support. (2:03)

Sarah Mogombe makes the best banana pancakes in any of the villages - local trucker drivers buy them by the bag-full to sell in South Sudan. (3:54)

WMI Loan Program Graduations

Each year, WMI members graduate from the village level loan program to independent banking and financial autonomy. To commemorate their success, the women organize a graduation ceremony, complete with a brass band and a celebratory march to the local trading center.


2017 - Buyobo Graduation
Join the ladies of Buyobo for a 90 second mash up as they get ready and celebrate their business successes in 2017. (1:37)

2013 - WMI Graduation Video Montage
Montage of clips from the WMI graduation celebration in 2013. (3:55)

2011 - WMI loan program graduation ceremony in Buyobo
All 26 WMI loan groups in Buyobo proudly marched in the 2011 graduation ceremony. (2:56)

January 2010 - WMI Graduation March -- Buyobo, Uganda
With a brass band leading the way, WMI members march to the local trading center to celebrate the women who have graduated from the loan program and are moving on to independent banking. (1:43)

Interns in Uganda

July 2011 - WMI Internship Trip to Buyobo, Uganda
In June 2011, 8 high school students from Bethesda, Maryland traveled to Buyobo, Uganda to assist with teaching Math and English at the local primary school and completing the construction of 3 new classrooms. (4:31)

July 2010 - Walt Whitman High School Internship Trip in Buyobo, Uganda
A group of 14 students from Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD interned in Buyobo, Uganda during July/August, 2010, setting up an internet café, tutoring at the local school and preparing the foundation for 3 new classrooms. (3:42)

2009 - WMI Tutoring Winter
In November 2009, two WMI interns traveled to Buyobo, Uganda, for six weeks. One of the projects they worked on during their stay was a supplemental education program for the local primary school children during their school vacation. (3:11)

Village Life

2014 - Masaba Dancing at WMI Celebration in Buyobo, Uganda
WMI holds annual village celebrations in East Africa with music, singing and lots of dancing. Masaba shows us how its done in Buyobo, Uganda. (1:00)

2013 - A Spotlight on Children of WMI Borrowers
WMI makes loans to women but knows it is lending to entire families. The businesses that women start turn into a family affair with everyone pitching in to make sure the businesses succeed. (6:05)

2013 - Drummers and Dancers in WMI Atiak Loan Hub
WMI started a loan hub in Atiak, Uganda in January 2012. This area suffered heavily during the 20-year insurgency in northern Uganda. (1:07)

2013 - WMI Ataik, Uganda Loan Hub Traffic (0:23)