Unitus is excited to announce a new and powerful partnership with The Boeing Company, the world’s leading aerospace company. Boeing’s generous support will help Unitus expand its work throughout East Africa in 2009, increasing access to microfinance for thousands of people across the region.
The first of its kind for Boeing, the grant will allow Unitus to continue adding new MFI partners to its network and establish an educational center in Nairobi to help microfinance institutions and other social entrepreneurs overcome fundamental business challenges. The center will offer coaching, networking, and training, allowing MFIs the ability to share best practices and innovations in microfinance. The center is one of the ways Unitus intends to unite geographically dispersed MFIs and stimulate the microfinance market in the region.
“Boeing is committed to helping families be more economically empowered. Supporting Unitus to increase access to high quality microfinance in communities in East Africa is very much aligned with who we are as a corporate citizen. We believe that Unitus’s leveraged approach will allow them to have a tremendous impact on poor families,” said Anne Roosevelt, Vice President of Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship.
With the support of Boeing, the Whole Planet Foundation, SV2, and many more, Unitus is excited to explore new frontiers in East Africa to continue increasing access to microfinance where it’s needed most.
Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship invested more than $58M in 2008 to support community investments around the globe, including education programs, disaster relief, environmental efforts, arts and cultural awareness activities, and programs that improve health and human services.