From Corner Store to Microfinance

Monday, January 13, 2014

With a master’s degree in social work and a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy, Antoinette Temporiti spent 30 years counseling individuals and families. She specialized in working with young adult victims of sexual abuse and loved her career.

But a trip to Africa in 2004, when she was 54 years old, set her on a new path. Today, Sister Temporiti (a member of the Catholic religious order Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, based in O’Fallon, Mo.) heads up MicroFinancing Partners in Africa, a nonprofit she started in 2006.

“I was eating lunch one day and realized, ’The cost of this sandwich could help an African family start a business,’ ” she says. “I had to do something to give back to Africa.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal (link opens in a new window)

lending, microfinance, poverty alleviation