The Group Loan Program


Sample icon1 This program is a convenient and easy financing mechanism to empower those with no capital.

The Organizational Loan Program (OLP)

Sample icon 2 We work with local organizations in order to form partnerships for achieving the program’s goal.

Rotating Credit for Schools (RCS)

Sample icon 3Aimed at improving schools infrastructure.In Eastern DR Congo most schools are in very poor conditions.

Leadership


Lwanzo Amani, Founding member, Board member, CEO

Amani Lwanzo is a private sector development specialist. She is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer for Pro-Microfinance, an organization that provides financial and social services to under-served populations in DR Congo. Amani is also a consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the office of the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Previously, Amani worked for the World Bank on private sector development and programs targeting fragile and conflict-affected countries. A native of the DR Congo, Amani is fluent in French and English. She received her Bachelors in Commerce at Université Catholique de l’Afrique Centrale in Cameroon and her Masters in Social and Public Policy at Duquesne University in the United States.

 

John S. Kavyavu
Founder, Board Member, COO

His mother’s social business and 3 year experience in India inspired this initiative. John earned his Bachelor degree at the University of Lukanga (North-Kivu/DRC) in Business Administration. He has an MA in Development Planning and Administration from the University of Pune (CDSA) India and made his debute in Microfinance working for Annapurna Parivar a Microfinance Institution for Slum dwellers of Pune City.

In his homeland the DR Congo, John co-founded “Solidarité International pour l’Education et le Developpement (SIED) a non profit organization involved in building schools in North Kivu for unprivileged children. As an entrepreneur, he ran a successful business in Kisangani, which connected Bean farmers from North Kivu to retailers in the City of Kisangani. John worked with the South African Management and Development Institute (SAMDI) in Kinshasa for the Project Planning and Management Training of the Congolese civil servants.

In the US, John works for Life Asset Inc. as a Business Loan Officer and outreach strategies coordinator and just got his MA in Social Enterprise at American University.  Life Asset is a  DC based organization that helps alleviate poverty in Washington Metropolitan Region by empowering micro and small entrepreneurs through affordable financial services and education, thereby promoting self-help and self-respect and expanding social and economic opportunities for lower income residents.

 

Kym Park Heimplaetzer, Founding Member, Board Member, CCO

Kym Park is one of the founding board members of ProMicrofinance International. She also serves as the Director of the Community Shamba Project which provides training in sustainable agriculture design. Professionally, Kym supports attorneys with their career aspirations, and prior to her work as a legal recruiter, has had over a decade of experience working to improve the effectiveness of not-for-profit organizations.

Kym received her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Ecology from the University of California, Santa Cruz with honors.

 

Julia Smith, Board Member,
Chief Process Officer

Julia Smith supervises procedural integrity as Chief Process Officer for Pro-Microfinance International. As a doctoral candidate, she also investigates social networks and financial inclusion with the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York. Previous to the PRDU, she worked with the United Nations Country Team in Iraq in coordinating and designing capacity building and rule of law projects with the International Organization for Migration’s Mission in Iraq.

She has a master’s degree with distinction from the University of York and a BA from Long Island University. She has previously interned with FINCA Ecuador, Project Enterprise, the Centre for Microfinance, the Women in Peacebuilding Network and the World Food Program.

 

Bruce McLean, CPA, CFP®, Board Member, Chief Financial Officer

Bruce serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Pro-Microfinance International. For the past 15 years Bruce has worked in various accounting, tax, and finance positions.  Bruce started his career in public accounting as an auditor for nonprofit companies in the Washington, DC area. Subsequently, Bruce worked as a controller of a local nonprofit organization, a financial planner, and a tax preparer for high-net worth individuals. Bruce spent 5 years as an Internal Revenue Agent with the Internal Revenue Service. Bruce also served as a previous Board member for Potomac Plaza Apartments Cooperative, Inc located in Washington, DC.

Bruce has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University of Maryland University College, a Master of Taxation from Bentley University and holds a CPA license with the Maryland Board of Public Accountancy, and is a licensed CFP® or Certificate Financial Planner ™.

Bruce currently works for the Federal government as an internal auditor and has his own business as a Financial Coach.

 

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