Make an impact
With each scarf that you purchase 10% of the proceeds go to one of three charities. This week’s feature charity is Kiva. While the money in kiva is just a loan, I never take it out, and instead continue to reinvest, funding new projects, changing more lives, providing hope, and making an impact. Thanks for being a part!
Here are two stories, where your money is making an impact TODAY.
43 year old Palestinian refugee, Hanaa was born and raised in a Palestinian refugee camp in North Lebanon. She lives with her husband and four children inside the camp where she and her husband work hard to provide their children with decent living conditions. Two of their children are still students whereas the others were employed together in a chocolate factory. Her husband, who is also Palestinian, uses his truck to sell fruits and vegetables in different areas of the camp.
In order to support her husband and family, Hanaa started her home based business in 2004, where she provides her clients with all kinds of sewing services. With more than ten years of experience, she has gained the trust and loyalty of her clients who like her honest work and personality. Always looking to increase her income sources, Hanaa also has a part-time job as a cleaning officer in a local organization.
Hanaa is asking for a 1,927,328 Lebanese pounds loan for the first time from field partner Ibdaa. She is planning to use the loan to equip herself with a new and modern sewing machine. The investment will allow her to provide better services to her loyal customers which will also increase her income from her home-based business. As such, she will be able to continue providing her family with improved living conditions despite the unstable socio-economic environment in which her children are growing up.
This loan will benefit these small business-people, including Marina. She states that she joined Pro Mujer a year ago at the invitation of a friend who is a client of the institution. At this time she has a business making braided rugs. She got to know this business by watching her friends. Seeing the extensive production they had, she decided to learn the technique of weaving so that she could use this as a source of work.
The loan that she is taking will be used to increase her capital (to buy fringe and yarn at wholesale). She will buy these items from the shops in the city of El Alto. Later, she will sell her items from her sales post. This way of working enables her to generate resources to support her family financially, as she is married and has 3 children.
When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answered that she likes the training offered by the people at the institution.