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Microfinance - “The Wezesha Project”Donate

woman in wezesha smilingThe Wezesha Project is the name of ERDO’s microfinance program in the central African countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi. We work with the poor, in two of the world’s poorest countries, empowering women to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

This church-based program provides small business owners with access to financial services from which they would otherwise be excluded. Traditional banks do not want to lend money to this segment of the economy. It is considered too risky, too administratively-intensive, and without sufficient profit. Microloans allow these borrowers the opportunity to expand their businesses, and increase their income and strengthen their personal capacity. The program works exclusively with women business owners because they are primary caregivers for their families and have the least amount of access to financial services in developing countries. 

In Swahili (one of the main languages in the region) “wezesha” means “empower” – and this is the work of the Wezesha Project.

The Wezesha Project Facts

·         DRC:

    • Launched in 2011
    • Currently 500 borrowers in the eastern region of Uvira

·         Burundi:

    • Launched in 2015
    • Currently 780 borrowers through three lending post in Bujumbura

·         In addition to loan capital, the program provides ongoing training in: understanding loans, managing small businesses, health and hygiene, family care and spiritual growth.

How You Can Help

When women see other women rise above poverty and provide for their own families, it’s a powerful testimony.  Your donation of $75, $100, or more will help women in poverty gain dignity and the means to help their families.

Want to learn more? Read the Wezesha Project FAQs!



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