UGANDA: Microfinance Volunteer



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)




  • We have many other opportunities in Uganda as well as in 25 countries around the world:

Volunteer in a microfinance institution in Africa. The field of Microfinance has received a lot of attention since Muhanned Yunus received a Nobel Prize after founding the Grameen Bank. Thousands of microfinance institutions (MFIs) provide financial services at the community level in Uganda, usually through Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs). SACCOs have had mixed results--a few have been very successful while others struggle to survive. Volunteers in this program work in a SACCO with a successful track record. The first few weeks are spent working with the SACCO staff to get an idea of the day to day activities, the strengths of the organization and to determine what projects within the SACCO to pursue during the rest of the program. Volunteers can pursue a wide variety of projects in collaboration with the organization including business skills development, developing business plans, microfinance education outreach and project monitoring and evaluation. Participants in the project must commit to at least six weeks. Past experience in banking, accounting, or financial services will be a real advantage.

Uganda is the lush pearl of Africa on the northern shore of Lake Victoria where the Eastern African Savannahs meet the western rainforests. The natural wonders of the country include dramatic waterfalls, incredible wildlife including the last troops of mountain gorillas, and Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world. The people of Uganda are well known for their hospitality and warmth. Uganda ranks among the world's poorest countries and has little in the way of basic infrastructure such as electricity, running water, waste management and access to education and healthcare. ELI works with local organizations based in Iganga District, about three hours east of the capital Kampala. Iganga town lies on the Mombasa to Kampala Highway--one of East Africa's major transportation routes. The bustling highway gives the false impression that the town is teeming with traffic, but just a few hundred yards from the highway, cars become a rare sight and quiet village life takes over.

Participants must be at least 18 years old or older at the time of their program.

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