Date of Grant: February 2011

When I first met Molly Melching, the visionary leader of Tostan, an NGO focused on community development and empowerment of women in Africa, Molly said: “I need you in Senegal. There is resistance to progressive change on female genital mutilation – even from the Senegalese living in the US. I want a credible Muslim institution to counter this perspective.

Invest in Muslim Women, formerly the Muslim Women’s Fund, supported a micro loan program –with a twist in Senegal. A 15% fee for $ 20- 50 loans is charged but the fee is redirected into the development of community projects. These loans were made available through grants and not bank loans.