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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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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Julie Gundlach

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

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Ron Moser

In June 2015, I retired after a 40-year plus career from Southern Commercial Bank. Southern Commercial was a relatively small, locally owned independent bank which afforded me the opportunity to experience most positions from being a teller, an installment, and mortgage lender,
an overseer of our marketing department, and everything in between.

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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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Ryan Brennell

Ryan Brennell is the Co-Founder of Gladitood, an organization that helps humanitarian and conservation projects raise funds and rally volunteers, so generous travelers can find meaningful volunteer opportunities all over the world.

Ryan joins the MPA board as an advocate for online marketing to advance non profit works.

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Fr. Brad Modde

Brad Modde was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis in May of 1997. His ministerial assignments have included associate pastor, chaplain, teacher, and pastor.

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Elizabeth Pomerenke

Elizabeth chairs MPA’s Chicago Chapter and represents the Chicago Chapter members on the MPA Board. The Chicago Chapter includes Elizabeth, her husband Joe Pomerenke, Blake Twisselman, and Mike Robbins.

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Carolyn Moore

Carolyn chairs MPA’s Sedona Chapter, coordinating presentations and fundraisers to benefit MPA’s mission.

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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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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” when working with the stories MPA’s partners have.

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