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.
Supported by an enthusiastic board, donors, and communities of religious sisters, Sr. Toni formalized partnerships with Jamii Bora in Kenya and with Caritas MADDO in Uganda, MPA’s first two partners.
MPA grew to include a small but mighty group of volunteers, and in 2009 hired a part-time Executive Director, Heather Cammarata.
MPA has partnered with more and more grassroots organizations since then, and has hired more part-timers with distinct expertise. In 2020, MPA hired our first full-time staffer, Prim Mungwari, as our Program and Grants Manager.
MPA is born! We are officially a 501c3 public charity EIN 86-1171133.
MPA partners with Caritas MADDO in Uganda to increase living loans of cows in the Cow Project.
MPA partners with CPS Sisters in Kenya, Tanzania, and Democratic Republic of the Congo.
MPA begins Water Program with the distribution of water filters and training in Kenya and Tanzania.
MPA adds 2 partners serving refugee populations, 2 new small-loan partners and expands into Zambia and Zimbabwe.
MPA partners with Jamii Bora Trust in Kenya to bolster their small loan program.
MPA partners with the Bukoba Women’s Empowerment Association (BUWEA) in Tanzania, supporting their revolving loan fund and soy project.
MPA starts the Safe Woman Program with the Piglet Project for post-fistula women.
We look forward to adding additional microfinance programs in the coming years.
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.
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
When people can provide for their needs both within their families and within their communities, peace can happen.