Antoinette “Toni” Temporiti was born and raised on The Hill in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1975, she joined the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood in O’Fallon.
In 2003, Sr. Toni Temporiti took a sabbatical, camping overland over 8 months from Cairo to Cape Town to Africa. On this trip, Sr. Toni met local women who asked where would they get food for their families; would their children be able to go to school; and what if they or their children got sick?
Upon her return to St. Louis, while eating at a restaurant in Clayton, Sr. Toni realized that for the cost of her lunch, a woman in Africa could get a small loan (microfinancing) to help her business, and have an answer to those questions.
In November 2006, Sr. Toni attended a microcredit summit in Nova Scotia and met Ingrid Munro, founder of Jamii Bora Trust, and Mohammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, both of whom filled her with ideas. With the help of friends and colleagues, MicroFinancing Partners in Africa was founded and received 501c3 certification in December 2006.
In 2008 Heather began volunteering with MPA and laster in 2009 joined the staff as MPA’s Executive Director.
Within her role, Heather strives to advocate for MPA with donors and the community, provide leadership in evaluating program and development performance, put in place the policies and resources needed to successfully fund and implement the mission of MPA, and support the staff so that they are continually able to do their best.
Heather has visited our partners in Africa in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, and looks forward to her next trip in 2021.
In her free time, Heather can be found trying out new recipes to cook for family dinners and spending time with her grandchildren.
Prim Mungwari is originally from Zimbabwe, where she trained as a human rights lawyer and worked extensively in the field of gender and women’s rights, from an advocacy and program perspective. She has experience in program and grant management, mainly working to empower women to become self-actors and enjoy their rights. Her academic qualifications include a Masters in U.S law with a certificate in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Masters in Public Administration from the School of Public Policy, Central European University (Hungary).
Prim enjoys traveling, meeting new people, learning new cultures, and experimenting with food – She is also the wife to Michael and mum to Zivah!
In her capacity as Development Coordinator, Julie holds the leadership of the Gala Committee and works to develop new relationships of possible partners from her current and prospective contacts.
Julie has been involved with MPA since 2012, when she traveled to Africa with us and fell in love with our partners. She has worked in the past in sales, hospitality, and education.
Thanks to Jim, our books are kept straight! With Jim’s support as the finance manager, not only does MPA continue to hold good legal standings but we are able to give the most to our partner projects in Africa. Jim joined MPA with 10 years of accounting experience.
Andi bring a diverse background to MPA. In addition to having owned several small businesses with her husband, Bob, she has worked in both corporate and non-profit environments. During her career, she has served in management, marketing and human resources.
In her free time, Andi can be found spending time with family and friends, needlepoint, and volunteering as an Oasis reading tutor for grade school children.
Kelly joined MPA in 2019 and assist with office adminstraor duties such as coordinating resolutions to IT issues, filling resource gaps where needed, first point of contact for donors, ensuring paperwork is efficiently streamlined.
In the future Kelly hopes to travel to Africa.
Kelly enjoys cooking, fishing, hiking or gardening in her free time.
Melanie joined MPA in 2012 as the digital marketing coordinator. She works to keep our digital platforms running and up to date for current donors to see what successes our projects are having and for potential donors to learn more about the impact microfinancing can have on an impoverished community.
Melanie has traveled to Africa twice, once in 2012 and once in 2015.
In her freetime, Melanie enjoys spending time biking, playing outside and traveling with her husband and three daughters.