Change a woman's life with a loan.
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorDoña Justa, who is 55 years old, lives in a house that she owns with her two grandchildren. She earns her living selling "pupusas" [thick handmade corn tortillas stuffed wi...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesJessica, 62 years old, is married and has nine children. She works hard to provide for her family. For the past seven years, Jessica has run a general store in the Philippi...Read their story >
Beauty SalonKenyaVigilance is a single woman who has no children. She lives in her own house that has electricity and piped water. Vigilance has operated a beauty salon business for the ...Read their story >
General StoreBoliviaMaria is a 42-year-old woman, single, who has 2 children, ages 4 and 7. Her business is selling food and basic items in her neighborhood store. She is a good mother, en...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesRebecca is 26 years old and married with three children. With three children in school, Rebecca works very hard to provide for them. Rebecca runs a general store in the...Read their story >
When you lend to a woman
You can set off an amazing chain reaction. It all starts with a $25 loan to start a business and grow her income:
- Women reinvest 80% of their income in the health and well-being of their children.
- A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more like to live past age 5.
- For girls, every additional year of school increases her future earning potential by 20%.
- Daughters of economically empowered mothers are more likely to follow in their footsteps.
Now that’s a virtuous cycle. It’s easy to do your part.
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