WMI believes that increasing financial inclusion and teaching financial literacy empowers poor women to take control of their livelihoods and their lives.
WMI's mission is to establish village-level loan hubs, administered by and for local women, to provide capital, training and support services to rural women in the lowest income brackets in East Africa so that they can engage in income producing activities and use their business profits to improve household living conditions for themselves and their families.
Solid Track Record of Performance
Over a decade of operating history with a 98% repayment rate. More than 80,000 loans issued and over $10 million lent.
Successful Operating Plan in Place
WMI is on track to provide business training and issue 10,000 loans per year to rural women in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
Managed By and For Rural Women
All income from the loan program is retained by the women's groups and recycled into new loans.
Loan Hubs are Self-sustaining
Loan hubs are self-sustaining after initial funding. They can continue operating in perpetuity as long as the loans are repaid.
Inspiring Community Projects
Loan program income covers all local operating costs. Excess income is used to provide village-level outreach.
In addition to building human capacity at the local level, WMI constructs meeting halls for the women to conduct program operations.
Our twenty-member loan solidarity groups use social capital as collateral to foster loan repayment.
Peer-to-Peer Knowledge Transfer
Borrowers learn WMI's important lessons for success in their own language through lectures, songs, skits and role-playing.
Program Impact Documented
Surveys document improvements in household living standards, like health, nutrition, education and home upgrades.
How WMI Loans Work
- Timeline to Financial Independence
- Loan Program Overview
- Borrower Loan Summary
- Guidelines for Use of WMI Materials
- History and Culture of Buyobo, including WMI Impact
Each year WMI provides a summary of program highlights, intern/fellowship experiences, financials and more.2021 Annual Report
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Let Olive, Robinah, Margaret and Alice tell you about their businesses...
Olive Wolimbwa's loan launched a business that paid school fees for her eldest son to graduate from University, and obtain a full-time job in the microfinance industry.
Robinah Wamanga used her loan to build a produce business from scratch; after getting to know other WMI women, she was elected to the local district government.
Margaret started a jewelry business that has ended her days of poverty. Margaret shows us her business and in her own words describes how it has changed her life.
Alice Monje, a mother of nine, bought chicks with her loan and now she runs a thriving poultry business with the help of her entire family that has transformed her future.
WMI borrows throughout East Africa are proud to share their stories of how the WMI loan program helped them work their way out of poverty.
Born in the Maasai village of Alchenemelock, Nemburis moved to Alailelai, Tanzania when she married at the age of 18. As one of eight siblings, she walked two-hours each way to primary school in Alailelai to obtain an education.
Kamida's story starts eight years ago when she ran a café in the border town of Busia, Uganda , where her husband is from. However, business in Busia was a failure. Being a foreigner to the town, she was alienated by the community.