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IIP-Women's Microfinance Initiative (WMI)
Bulambuli Village, Uganda (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Community Service, Field Work
Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
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About: Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI) is a non-profit microfinance organization that provides small loans and business training and support to impoverished women in developing nations. WMI's mission is to work with village level organizations to provide capital to women in the lowest income brackets so that they can engage in income-producing activities. Its goal is to help women living in poverty build assets so that they can stabilize their income and raise their standard of living for their families. The Buyobo, Uganda loan program is the oldest WMI loan program. Located in the Sironko District, about 30 minutes from Mbale, it has over 1,000 clients.

Intern responsibilities: IIP interns in Buyobo assist with loan program operations (preparing the documents that include: new borrower tables, loan agreements, loan applications and surveys, issuing loans, and interview borrowers in the field); collect and analyze data; document loan program (via pictures and stories) and conduct reporting and computer training for staff members. IIP interns will also teach at the local school, undertake community projects, and supervise high school interns from the U.S.

Qualifications:  IIP candidates with interests in small business development, micro-finance and education are encouraged to apply.

Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: On most days I taught the administrator of the loan program and her subordinates how to use a computer. I taught them how to scan documents and then organize them in folders on the computer and set up a budget. I advised the coordinators on how to improve the program. I also gave Microsoft Office lessons to the administrator of the local clinic. Intern #2: We created four videos for the organization to demonstrate the impact of the loan program in an interesting and comprehensive way. I learned about the impact of microloans in a rural area here in Uganda and the practical skills of video editing on iMovie. I also learned about the challenges and strategies of obtaining good footage and audio quality in the shots we took. Intern #3: I was mainly responsible for making videos for the organization to show the impact it has brought to the community. We filmed and interviewed our program participants a lot and edited the footages...I learned a lot about the concept of micro-finance and I saw how a well organized NGO can change the community for the better. I also gained a lot of video-editing skills.

View powerpoint presentations by past interns:
Women's Microfinance Initiative, Uganda, Gellman, Abigail.pdf
Women's Microfinance Initiative, Uganda, Xie, Jing.pdf

Dates / Deadlines:
This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.