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May 10, 2010

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May 10, 2010

This is a very innovative program that really helps to end the cycle of poverty in the communities served. The programs grow at a rate that is sustainable and repeatable. The program has grown in new directions because it is run by the people being served. As the program grows more people are helped and as more people are helped, more people can be served. This is truly a very sustainable model that does not seek to replace the existing financial markets that already exist; rather this model seeks to build a bridge to the existing financial marketplace for the people who never were allowed access.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my being able to see and meet with the borrowers who are in the program and see how much they have grown both personally and in their status in the community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that we involve our borrowers in the development of the program and help them grow into leaders in their communities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world and everyone in it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 9, 2010

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May 9, 2010

It is an amazing organization that really makes a difference and is growing a rapid rate. I have volunteered for WMI since mid 2008 and the loan program and other WMI initiatives that have been introduced into the community all have been well received. This year, WMI worked with a local bank in Uganda by sharing the borrower's success stories, describing how the local businesses are thriving in their community and convincing the banks that the borrowers are desireable clients. Through these efforts, in 2010 WMI setup a program where WMI borrowers are eligible to take out a loan from this local bank after 24 months of receiving loans from WMI.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in which the WMI women continuing to grow their business and none of the women have defaulted on a loan. It is amazing!!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 8, 2010

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May 8, 2010

I feel so good making a contribution to WMI because I am 100% confident that the money I give will go directly into the hands of the women who need it--and not for overhead or administrative costs. WMI works because it is a women to women program that helps from the bottom up, and tangibly has impacted the lives of not only the women to whom it's made loans, but to their families, their communities and their country. I'm honored to be able to help such a positive program change the lives of others for the better--not just in word, but in deed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the proof in the businesses the loanees have started and sustained, and in the fact that 100% of the women who received loans have paid them back.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 7, 2010

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May 7, 2010

I was first enlisted to help WMI prepare reusable bags as graduation gifts for the loan recipients. However, my interaction with WMI has far surpassed that throughout the past couple years. I have seen WMI grow from micro-finance loans to other projects involving book donations for the library and computers for an internet cafe. It not only empowers women in Uganda and Kenya, but also allows women within the non-profit to exercise their talents as well. In addition, WMI focuses on a local and personal approach--they have direct contact with loan recipients and the people benefitting from the library and computers. In this way, WMI is truly assessing the needs of the people they help, and ensuring that everything operates smoothly. WMI has been growing steadily since it was founded, and helps more women receive loans every year. WMI is unique and innovative in assisting women empower themselves in the most direct and personal manner possible, and for that it is an amazing organization.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the hands-on approach.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

eager and enthusiastic to make a difference.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help millions of women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 6, 2010

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May 6, 2010

I have watched this organization grow since its beginning in January of 2008. When we handed out the first loans to the first group of 20 women we could not have anticipated on the impact these loans would have on their lives. These loans have enabled these women to start thriving businesses. These businesses in turn, have allowed these women to send their children to school, buy adequate food for their families, and expand their businesses. Also, this program is extremely well run. The president of WMI, Robyn Nietert, has made running WMI her full time job. In addition, she has a board of women who all have different skill sets. They work together to ensure that the program runs smoothly, and is able to continue to expand. They also always have creative, and innovative ideas about how to make the program more effective, and reach more people. Off shoot projects such as an internet cafe, a library, and bringing solar stoves to the village, are all ideas that have been implemented in the village. These types of off shoot projects have helped the women expend their businesses, live healthier lives, and promote education in the village. Finally, and I think most importantly, Mrs. Nietert is fully committed to this project, and deeply cares about the people she is helping.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That changes we make, are long term. We are giving the women the tools to become economically stable and independent. This project does not just give them a short term fix to their problems, but the ability to take control of their own lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

innovative concept - in just two years it has really changed lives at a very low cost and has been developed to be sustainable over the long term. Great energy!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

sharing ideas

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve opportunities for women around the globe.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

Inspiring. The women who run the organization on an entirely volunteer basis lead with dedication and passion, generate enthusiasm among others, and have made great progress in a VERY short time. Being a part of this community has helped me to realize MY desire to empower women in Africa in ways that just donating money cannot.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the empowered women on this side of the world. We are very blessed both with our opportunity, and wealth. But at times it feels hopeless when we see how our sisters and their children suffer. I now feel empowered to make a difference.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

direct connection between my "village" and theirs makes my participation and donations more meaningful. I know that successful women in East Africa will be able to keep their children healthy, educate them, and have greater influence in their communities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Smart, dedicated, creative, compassionate, they have capitalized on a wide range of experience to create something unique and effective.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Clone it's program endlessly. The beauty of what WMI has created is that it is simple and straightforward. They've documented each step to create a road map that others can follow.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

Women's Microfinance Initiative has made small loans to over 1000 women in rural villages in Uganda and Kenya, allowing the women to start their own businesses to support their families. WMI has also helped to build a community center in Byobo which houses a meeting room, a library and a computer center. One of WMI's greatest features is its goal to help the women graduate from microfinance loans to a banking relationship with a local financial institution.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing first hand the changes it has made in the lives of the women and their families.

Ways to make it better...

I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda and meet the women myself.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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