TE WHAKAPAPA Ō MWDI
Māori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI) was established in 1997, Our trustees are past and current presidents of the Māori Women’s Welfare League Inc (MWWL).
In 1951 Te Rōpu Wāhine Māori Toko I te Ora (MWWL) was established to promote activities that would improve the position of Māori with a particular focus on women and children. In 1987 MWWL established the Māori Women’s Development fund later becoming Māori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI). Today Māori Women’s Development Inc is a unique, indigenous financial institution. It is governed, managed and operated by Wāhine Māori, for the economic development of Wāhine Māori and their whānau.
HE KAUPAPA O MĀORI WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT INC
To provide financial loans to Māori women and their whānau to enable and assist with:
- Business startup loans
- Expand and/or restructure their existing businesses
- To establish, maintain and conduct a society for the promotion, advancement and encouragement of Māori women and whānau into business throughout NZ
- To provide developmental training programs for Māori women and their whānau to empower and enable them towards economic and financial independence
- To empower Māori business women and their whānau through sharing knowledge
- To foster the development of business ideas, opportunities and up-skilling amongst Māori Women and their whānau by providing support
- To encourage Māori Women and their whānau into general wealth through business development
MWDI gave us the opportunity when we were turned away from the banks. They are so supportive of women in business
MWDI has helped us to double our capacity and bottom line