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IIP-Women's Microfinance Initiative (WMI)
Buyobo, Uganda (Outgoing Program)
|Partner Institution/Organization Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||International Internship Program (IIP)||Program Type:||Internship|
|Language Prerequisite:||No||Program Features:||Community Service, Field Work|
|Degree Level:||1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students||Time Away:||Summer|
|Housing options:||Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization||Program Group:||International Internship Program|
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 interviewing borrowers in the field); collect and analyze data; document loan program (via pictures, videos and stories) and conduct reporting and computer training for staff members. IIP interns will also teach reading, writing and simple math at the local school, undertake community projects, assist in preparing for and chaperoning the high school interns. Additional responsibilities may include interfacing with other NGOs/bank personnel/government officials as requested, assisting with on-going programs; contributing to a longitudinal study of the most experienced borrowers and creating media for WMI website.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in small business development, micro-finance and education are encouraged to apply.
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