The Gorilla Organization

Microfinance, DR Congo

The Gorilla Organization aims to protect the mountain gorillas of the Virunga National Park, DR Congo by alleviating poverty in the surrounding communities through the provision of loans for the establishment and development of small business enterprises.

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  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



With fewer than 750 individuals left in the wild, the mountain gorilla is critically endangered. The biggest threat to their survival is habitat loss caused by encroachment, trespassing, illegal mining and political conflict. Working alongside a local partner on this microfinance project – known as Tujitegemee, meaning ‘self-reliance’ in Swahili - the Gorilla Organization provides small, short-term loans of US $50-300 to family enterprises, small businesses, associations and womens’ groups around the national park. Income generated as a result of business development helps to alleviate the poverty experienced by the communities, in turn reducing their reliance on the forest resources and protecting the gorillas and their habitat. The Gorilla Organization aims to develop the microfinance scheme so that beneficiaries generate sufficient profit to grow the credit fund to the point where the project becomes autonomous and is thus sustainable. During 2009, annual funding will contribute towards the growth of the credit fund, allowing further recipients to benefit from the project and existing beneficiaries to continue developing their businesses and generating income.