The Matumaini project is a youth shelter that provide safe haven for orphan girls in the D. R. Congo.
Currently the shelter is the home to thirty girls ranging from the ages of 6 to 12 years old. Our aim is to provide these children with a safe home where they can receive all the love and attention they need for their integration and development.
We currently have thirty girls aged 6 to 12 years old. Education takes up a prominent place in Matumaini. As soon as a girl arrives in the Shelter, she is enrolled in the nearest school until 6th grade. The objective is to offer a chance to go to the university so that they can enter the working and professional life.
We want to bring hope to our young girls by coaching them from an early age, and providing them with care, education, shelter and the food they need. So they could be proud to be Congolese WOMEN! >>> Learn More
Mwanzo Upya Project is an empowerment program.
We provide micro-loans to women so that they can grow their businesses and make more money for their families. Loans start at $50USD and can grow up to a maximum of $400USD. Using a 'Grameen-style' solidarity model women borrow from the program and guarantee the loans of other members. Starting at $50USD if the entire group repays, then they are eligible for another loan, larger than the last. Loans are to be used only for businesses. With the profits they make from their micro-businesses, loans are repaid, and the rest goes to improve the families well-being. Not only does this empower women to change their lives and the lives of their families through hard work, it allows the project to operate sustainably to ensure opportunity continues for other women in the future.
We started with 15 women and currently managing about 300 women. >>> Learn More