Cool New Partners: Support Women in Francophone Africa and Students in the Philippines

Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus (RMCR)

Supporting women entrepreneurs in francophone Africa

Who are they? 

Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus is a French NGO that provides microloans to underserved communities in rural Mali. It focuses on making financial services available to women borrowers and fostering an entrepreneurial culture in order to support economic development. The organization also offers borrowers a unique opportunity to gradually assume more financial responsibility by allowing them to take out community loans, group loans and then individual loans.   

You'll love them want to support women entrepreneurs in Africa! 

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MILAMDEC Foundation

Supporting farmers and technical education of disadvantaged students 

Who are they?

The MILAMDEC Foundation is a faith-based microfinance organization that works to improve the living conditions of people in north east Mindanao, an island in the southern Philippines. The organization primarily serves farmers, small business owners and students. They specialize in 2 types of loans: mortgage redemption loans (loans made to farmers who want to buy back their land) and education loans (loans made to disadvantaged students to cover technical degree courses). 

You'll love them are looking to make a loan to students in the Philippines!

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Ghana Women Fund Ltd

Providing clean water and sanitation services in high poverty areas of Ghana

Who are they?

Ghana Women Fund Ltd provides Ghanaians with access to capital, with a focus on supporting women. In 2010, the organization expanded their services by offering water and sanitation loans. Due to high density housing in high poverty areas of Ghana, the only way to access clean water and sanitation is through privately offered services making the loans administered by Ghana Women Fund Ltd a much needed product in Ghana. 
You'll love them think everyone deserves basic water and sanitation services!

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About the author

Brianna Gillease

Brianna, a Bay Area native, was born and raised in Sonoma County. She attended the University of California Davis, where she earned her B.A. in International Relations with an emphasis in Peace and Conflict Studies, an area focus in Africa and the Middle East and a minor in French. In 2012, during her junior year at UC Davis, she studied abroad in Paris, France. She lived with Laurence de Saint Sernin, assistant to Senator del Picchia and first cousin of politician Dominique Villepin (previous Prime Minister of France, Foreign Minister of France and 2012 French Presidential Candidate). This offered Brianna a unique perspective on the 2012 French Presidential Election. She was at the Bastille, an important symbol of the French Republic, the night Francois Hollande was elected president. As for her professional experience, Brianna has worked as a Global Ambassador for ISA (International Studies Abroad), creating and maintaining a blog to inspire other students to study abroad with ISA. She also has international nonprofit and social entrepreneurship experience. As an undergraduate, she worked with Nourish International, a nonprofit organization on campus, which uses money raised by social businesses developed by students, to support poverty reduction projects in the developing world. In 2013, she helped fund a project to build schools for underprivileged youth in Moshi, Tanzania in partner with Brown University and international NGO Mama Hope. In her free time, Brianna can be found seeing live music, spending time in nature (especially by the ocean), cooking, laughing, going on adventures, pinteresting, confusing people with her perpetual sarcasm and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to begin this journey with Kiva and is looking forward to using her passion, experience, and education to make a positive difference in the world and to learn more about microfinance and sustainable development.