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Just a dollar a day (or US$365.00 a year) will train a woman in a trade that is sustainable and fund her with a micro-credit loan in that trade. Funding her keeps her away from exploitation. Scroll down to read about some of the organizations we support: Micro-Credit Enterprises (and Lucky's success story), and the DEPDC.
Determined not to give in to poverty. Driven to care for her children. Desperate not to find herself enslaved. A woman named Lucky never gave up hope…
Lucky Oghuvwe grew-up in the rural poverty of West Africa’s Nigerian delta where most people live on less than a dollar a day. Her father didn’t believe in educating girls so Lucky stayed home and waited to be married. She didn’t wait long.
Although her husband gave her food and shelter, Lucky knew dependence on him was dangerous. Remembering her mother’s life, she knew that “dependence on the husband is slavery.” But it seemed she was headed for the same fate. Three children came along quickly and Lucky found that she did not have enough money to pay for food, medicine, clothes or their school fees. But she would not give up. “I did not want my children to suffer in poverty the way I did,” she said.
Lucky set her sights on a home-based business so she could provide for herself and her children. She planned to sell food and basic kitchen supplies from a corner of her tiny house, but she needed capital to get started. Without collateral, a credit history, or even the ability to read, Lucky’s prospects were bleak.
But the answer was just around the corner. Micro-Credit Enterprises’ permanent fund to alleviate extreme poverty places its trust in women like Lucky. By loaning cash to women who want to start businesses, the fund proves that no one is more trustworthy than a woman determined to beat poverty. With a loan to start a business and their own determination, women like Lucky can lift themselves and their families out of poverty…but only with your help!
Lucky’s $80 loan immediately turned her life around. She became an entrepreneur, attentive to the customers who regularly bought flour, sugar and matches from her. She asked them what they would like to see on the shelves of her tiny store and made plans to expand. Quickly repaying her first loan, she took out a second loan for $96, and then a third for $160. Each time she took out the loan, she added new items to her stock, bought in greater quantities, and made more money. She started setting aside money for emergencies, made plans to move her business to a market stall, hired workers to build a better house for her family, and suddenly realized she could afford the fees to send her children to school.
Never missing a payment, she took pride in paying the interest on her loans. For Lucky, there would be no handouts, no gifts, and no dependence. Every penny she earned was a source of pride. On the first day of school, Lucky’s daughter walked through the gates with her head held high.
Micro-Credit Enterprises' permanent fund to alleviate extreme poverty gives donors the chance to put their support directly into the hands of women like Lucky. The fund works with strong local, nonprofit partners to ensure funds are well-managed and that, as each loan is repaid, another is loaned.
Through a special commitment made by Micro-Credit Enterprises executives, every penny donated to the permanent fund to alleviate extreme poverty goes to loans for women and not a penny to administrative overhead. As women repay their loans, the fund recycles the money into new and larger loans—empowering more and more women to become entrepreneurs.
“I tell other women to try this, too,” says Lucky. “We help each other.” Her story of triumph has just begun. “The sky is my limit,” she says. “I am self-fulfilled. I have what I need now and all my children will go to the university level. Without these loans, this would be impossible.”
Can every woman in poverty be “Lucky?” Only if you help. Micro-Credit Enterprises' permanent fund to alleviate extreme poverty turns every penny you donate into a loan. Each loan changes a life. And like Lucky, each woman can have her chance to become a shining example of success.
Learn more on their website, http://www.mcenterprises.org/
PeaceKeeper has donated to the DEPDC Mekong Youth Net and Mekong Youth Union programs. This program aims to:
Women and girls enrolled in the program receive free education on:
(Above: Young women of the DEPDC trying out PeaceKeeper Products.)
PeaceKeeper is proud to support the work of the DEPDC, and encourages you to learn more about their efforts by visiting their website at http://www.depdc.org/
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