Who We Are

Our Story

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.

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 and Beliefs

We believe that people have the right, the will, and the capacity to direct their own future. MPA is committed to these values:

• Transparency • Not afraid to fail • Integrity • Open minded • Culturally competent • Evidence based best practices • We measure our impact • UN Millennium Development Goals

Vision

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

Kenya

Visit the SACCO in the slums of Kenya and see how a small loan of just $25 can radically impact the lifestyle of a family. From startup to full market stands, you’ll be able to meet and learn from entrepreneurs in every step of the progress to lifting themselves out of poverty. CPS Partners operates in the urban areas of Nairobi as well as in rural Kenya to mentor small self-help groups.

Tanzania

Explore the incredible results of what happens when just a few women have a dream – see the soy foods factory, farming and revolving fund projects all in action with the Bukoba Womens Empowerment Association. CPS Partners in southeastern Tanzania manages group projects: sewing, knitting, and selling school uniforms; running a greenhouse for improved nutrition and sales at the local market; as well as nurturing new small lending circles. On the island of Zanzibar, CPS Partners operates a woodworking trade-skill project, a cooperative piggery group income project, and several small self help lending circles.

Uganda

Travel the dirt roads to rural visits with farmers and see how a living loan of a cow impacts an entire community for good. While in Uganda participate in the “handing over” celebration of a cow to a family who has worked for over a year to prepare their land for the arrival of their “living loan” – you won’t want to miss this celebration! Specifically for post-fistula women, a living loan project of a piglet offers a path to personal sustainability for women who have suffered a debilitating injury during childbirth. This program will be growing to offer women other income projects as well. Our safe birth project encourages women to get pre-natal care at local clinics by offering them ultrasounds and advance planning if a high-risk pregnancy situation is identified. Other group projects include a parish revolving loan fund, and a pharmacy that employs mothers of children with Down’s syndrome.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

With vocational training possible, many are able to learn a tradeskill and create a sustainable income for themselves and their families. In the far west of the country but still a day’s boat ride away from Kinshasa, CPS Partners works with groups of women, students, and teachers. Some are of the Pygmy tribe and are ostracized by others. The groups save, lend to each other for small projects, and support each other with group projects.

Meet The Team

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. READ OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER

MPA is equipped with a talented staff of individuals who help advance the mission and vision of all microfinance efforts in Africa. Learn more about our team and connect to make an impact with us today. MEET THE STAFF

To help advance the projects MPA is involved with, we thrive on the vision and support our board of directors offers. MEET THE BOARD

With each donation made, you’re supporting a business entrepreneur to lift themselves out of extreme poverty with dignity and respect.

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