SYPO has a team of talented young professionals in Uganda. Each of our employees
has a university degree, several years of work experience, and most important of all a passion for
helping the rural poor. The employees each have a budget to pursue Master (or other) degrees during
their employment with SYPO.
SYPO keeps a flat organization structure - each employee has a high level of
autonomy and responsibility. That's why each of our team members in Uganda is a 'manager'. All managers,
and yet no one is managed. They have end-to-end responsibility over their own part of the company, which
is both more interesting for the team members and more efficient as an organization. The team
spends most of their time in the field, working in simple offices right in the middle of the villages
where we help the poor.
Outside of Uganda we work with volunteers only; both our Supervisory Board and
our Directors are unremunerated.
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The team in Uganda spends four days a week in the field - deep in the villages where
we provide microfinance services. They take new microcredit applications, help the women develop their
businesses, write up financial reports, etc.
Milly has worked with SYPO since 2011. She started as a Zone Manager in the Namaiba
zone, and was promoted to Performance Manager in 2016. While working as Zone Manager, Milly pursued an MBA
with Makerere School of Business in Kampala. Milly is in charge of the day to day operations of the team in
Joan started as Zone Manager with SYPO in 2012. She quickly had the largest zone in
the company, with over 900 microcredits under her responsibility. She was promoted to Compliance Officer in
2015, conducting internal audits across the zones and checking microcredit applications for consistency and
Cate's zone is Kisoga, a market village in Mukono district. She started with SYPO in
2014. She has a Bachelor's degree in Population Studies from Makerere University, and loves the
job because helping poor women in rural areas reminds her of her own mother, who was a microentrepreneur and
struggled hard to raise the capital to invest enough to make a profit and pay for Cate's school fees.
Christine joined the team in 2013. She works in Ssi, an extremely remote village in
the Buikwe district, bordering Lake Victoria. Many of the women in her zone live invest their microcredits
in fishing boats or the fish trade. She is still amazed at how the microcredits empower women
economically and help them socially to realize their potential and bring positive changes in the lives
of their families.
Esther joined SYPO in 2015, and started a zone in the village Mpaata. She now has
over 500 clients and impeccable repayments. She enjoys spending time in the field and learning from the
women - visiting their businesses and seeing how they grow and diversify.
Felicity joined the team in 2015, and took over an existing zone in the village
Lugasa. She has a Bachelor degree from Kyambogo University.
Lillian started working with SYPO in 2017. She started a new zone in Katosi, a
particularly poor and remote fishermen village on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Martha started with SYPO in 2017. She has her own zone in the larger village
Rukiah joined the team in 2015, and works in the village Ngogwe. She has a
Bachelor's degree in Microfinance from Kyambogo University, and enjoys working with SYPO because she is
continuously inspired by how hard the women are willing to work to improve the lives of their families.
Aidah joined SYPO in 2017, working in the small village Namaiba.
Our Directors have executive responsibility over the project, and report to the
Supervisory Board. Both Director and Board positions are not remunerated.
Duko has been Director of SYPO since its start in 2003. In his 'day job' he is
a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, living in New York City. He is passionate about
financial services for the poor.
Emma has been Director of SYPO since 2012. Emma is also a management consultant with
McKinsey & Company, in their Dubai office. She also worked with a microfinance company in South Sudan.
The Supervisory Board of the NGO SYPO in the Netherlands oversees the activities of
the NGO and ensures that all donations and other funds are spent efficiently and with high beneficial social
Ger has been the Chairman of SYPO since its inception in 2003. He has a background
in entrepreneurship and is passionate about supporting entrepreneurship in emerging markets.
Marc has been with SYPO since 2014. He is in charge of the financial oversight of
the NGO. In his 'day job' he is financial controller for a nationwide utility grid operator.
Pieter has served on SYPO's board since its inception in 2003. He is an entrepreneur
with deep understanding of agribusiness in emerging markets. Pieter travels to Uganda regularly to provide
Board oversight on the daily operations of the organization.
Johan is a lecturer at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the
Netherlands. He's been with SYPO since 2015, and focuses on linking students and researchers to the NGO.
Klaas has been with SYPO since 2015. He is an expert in agribusiness and focuses on
SYPO's operational decisions that maximize the beneficial impact on the women engaged in agricultural
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