About Us

 

Our Mission

By providing grants for the strengthening and expansion of microfinancing programs in Africa, MPA empowers those living in extreme poverty to lift themselves up with dignity through access to services and education.

Values & Beliefs

We believe that people have the right, the will, and the capacity to direct their own future. We’re not fixing what’s broken so much as we’re setting the stage for people to rediscover their innate dignity.

Vision

When people can provide for their needs both within their families and within their communities, peace can happen.

MPA’s HISTORY

2004

Sr. Toni Temporiti, CPPSfounder of the organization, returned to St. Louis from an 8 month sabbatical that took her from Cairo to Cape Town. The conversations along the way with the village women inspired her to research how she could help them start businesses to build a more stable life for themselves and their children. The search led her to the concept of microcredit and attendance at a microcredit summit where she met Muhammad Yunus, who had just won the Nobel Peace Prize, and Ingrid Munro, founder of Jamii Bora.

2006

Received 501(c)(3) certification as a nonprofit organization.

2007

Began partnership with Jamii Bora (“good families” in Swahili) of Kenya. Filmed “Invest in Us” DVD.

2008

Held first annual African Gala at Sunset Country Club.

2009

Began partnership with the Cow Project in Uganda. Filmed “Living Loan” DVD.

2010

Attended Regional Microcredit Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.

2011

Solidified partnership with the Bukoba Women’s Empowerment Association (BUWEA) in Tanzania.

2013

Surpassed $1 Million in funding to partner projects.

2014

Began partnership with CPS Partners Vocational Skills Projects.

2015

Began partnership with The Women’s Bakery.

2016

Launched pilot program for post fistula women

Since December 2006, MPA has disbursed over $1.8 Million in support of our partner programs toward the mission of eradicating poverty.

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2020 Goal:

$5 million

Together we can give a hand up from poverty to possibility.

Through your generous support, we can fund $5 million in small loans. Together we can create a change for the next generation by giving a hand up today.

FOUNDER’S STORY

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Toni Temporiti, CPPS, PhD

Founder & President

Toni Temporiti, CPPS, PhD, our founder of the organization, returned to St. Louis from an 8 month sabbatical that took her from Cairo to Capetown. The conversations along the way with the village women inspired her to research how she could.

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Board of Directors

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Dick Arnoldy

Since 2005 Dick has spent investing in MPA as the board chair and now as an advisor.  He has been to Africa 10 times. (with MPA in 2010, 2013 and 2016).

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Gary Balke

Gary Balke is the founder of Balke Brown Associates, a major real estate development firm in St. Louis. Recently retired, for close to 40 years he led the company in the development of millions of square feet of office, industrial, multi-family, and retail space.

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Sandy Bellon

Sandy has been a volunteer since 2009, and now Member of the Board, Funekas, and speaker at many events for the organization.  

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Mark Cammarata

Mark has served on the board of directors with MPA since 2008 as the past chair and current treasurer.

Overall, it’s the personal aspects that draw him to be involved, “it’s that we have met the people, know their names, have their pictures, understand their struggles – and we see how willing they are to do the heavy lifting, they just need a way to get started.”

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Markey Culver

Former Peace Corps and resident of Rwanda, Markey Culver first begin her work with MPA in 2008.

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Julie Gundlach

Julie has served on the board of directors with MPA since 2013.

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Mary Kellogg

Retired healthcare professional and community volunteer, Mary holds a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She spent more than thirty years implementing healthcare computer systems and has worked for McDonnell Douglas, American Express, First Data Corporation, Mercy and BJH. In addition to volunteering with MPA (Funekas) since 2012, she currently is an Oasis volunteer, a member of the Ignition Volunteer Corps and a City Garden docent.

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Ron Moser

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Susanne Pelikan

For the past 9 years Susanne has worked closely on the development of our fundraising efforts as well as has been the Gala co-chair.

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Sterling Recker

Sterling is an Instructor at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and St. Louis University and has been a board member since 2012.

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Sharlene Teefey, MD

Sherry Teefey is a Professor of Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine and currently works closely with the fistula repair project (The Pig Project) and developing a high risk OB/fistula prevention project in Uganda.

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Sr. Toni Temporiti

Sr. Toni got the impetus to start MicroFinancing Partners in Africa through a conference she attended in Nova Scotia.

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Carla Valenti

Currently serving as the Chairperson of the Board and previously as the Treasurer, Carla has been involved with MPA since 2010. Motivating her involvement, she is inspired by all of the individual lives that we are able to touch thus far through our fundraising efforts and relationship with our various partners.

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US Based Staff

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Sr. Toni Temporiti

Sr. Toni got the impetus to start MicroFinancing Partners in Africa through a conference she attended in Nova Scotia.

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Heather Cammarata

As the executive director of MPA since, 2009, Heather is honored to have met people whose resilience in the face of desperate poverty fuels their determination to provide for their families. And in spite of grave poverty, these moms and dads show hospitality, generosity, and hope.

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Shawna W. Brinson

As MPA’s Grant Writer since February 2016, Shawna is moved by people who commit their lives to caring for and empowering people living under difficult circumstances.

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Connie Browne

As the Development Director beginning December 2015, Connie’s experience and longtime residence in South Africa (1972-1992) brings a multitude of expertise and benefits to our works.

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Courtnie Scott-Cammarata

Courtnie is the one who keep everything together in our offices! As the MPA Office Manager since May of 2015 she works alongside our US staff and East Africa partners helping to provide the opportunities needed so others can “do the rest”… lift themselves out of extreme poverty.

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Melanie Korn

Melanie is the digital coordinator for MPA since 2013. Over the course of the previous years, has seen MPA expand and grow exponentially. Whether it’s adding new partner programs or reaching the maximum capacity with current programs, “there’s nothing to not be moved and inspired by”

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Carolyn Moore

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