(Volunteer and donor) Women's Microfinance Initiative has, in very few years, taken a successful plan and expanded it carefully and wisely. There is great enthusiasm among the volunteers and workers. They have done a great job collecting knowledgeable people (from a broad spectrum of professions) on their active board. Their overhead is quite small. But most relevant: they are doing important work!
There are so many positive attributes to this initiative, it's difficult to know where to begin. All the donations go directly into the loans. There are no U.S. staff salaries. Robyn Nietert, founder and president, devotes fulltime to the program and guides the work of other volunteers and interns. She travels to East Africa to assess progress and inspire local participants. The program has made a difference in the lives of a growing number of women and their families in East Africa and is a model that should be replicated in many other areas.
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.