timeline of our journey 

The Walking with Africans Foundation was founded in 2007, though it would take us another two years to mobilize our team, join forces with our partner organization, EPID-Kenya, and begin raising funds for a pilot program launch in May 2009. WAF grew out of a longstanding partnership between Burke Presbyterian Church (BPC) in Virginia and the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Kibwezi Mission (Nendeni) Area.  Serving as a Global Intern on behalf of BPC, James Munthali worked on various partnership projects in 2004 and the idea of a microfinance program grew out of discussions with members of the Kibwezi community.

Inspired by the many successful endeavors of this partnership – including strengthening preschool and primary education, supporting orphan care and a vocational training center – James found he could leverage his own background as a career economist to look into some ways of responding to the community’s growing interest in a savings and loan program, especially in the light of widespread poverty he had observed in the region. Immersed in Kibwezi life, he and his co-worker, Ed Parker (a key member of the WAF team who serves as a Program Development and Operations Director) participated in several thoughtful discussion about the aspirations and drive to implement viable solutions that were organic to the Kibwezi people, their culture and community. These discussions led to the concept of WAF and its guiding principle of cultivating self-sustaining initiatives, working with local community leaders and empowering the poor to improve and transform their own lives.

We look forward to the opportunity to expand our reach to other vulnerable communities across rural Africa.