DONATE TO MICROFINANCE BIG DREAMS IN PEÑA BLANCA
Organized by: Alice Lu
EVENT DATE Dec 21, 2015
Hi everyone, thanks for visiting my page. My name is Alice and I am fundraising money to help microfinancing impoverished families and individuals in a small rural village called Peña Blanca in Guatemala. This passion stemmed from watching Living on One Dollar, which talks about four college students traveling to Peña Blanca for 56 days living on only $1 a day. Why $1? Because more than 1 billion people in the world live on less than $1 according to the UN Millennial Report. How did they live? What did they learn? What hardships and breakdowns did they encounter? Most importantly, how did they make an impact to their friends they made in the village? They lived every day only one $1, planting their own foods like the villagers do. They learned how to effectively make meals with the meager supplies they had in order to reach a sustainable level of nutrition. Alongside this journey, they met incredible individuals with big dreams but are held back because of their economic situation. Through micro financing, these individuals are able to take out loans and invest in their own business that generates extra revenue. This revenue can help provide money for school supplies/tuition, repairment funds for their homes, medical funds for ailing friends/family and much more. The loans are paid back through profits made from these individual's small business. Banks in the cities have strict guidelines and restrictions that make it hard for farmers and rural villagers to provide proper forms to receive a loan. I only recently began to appreciate the wide selection of award winning documentaries Netflix features. My current favorite being, Living on One Dollar. If you have not heard of it and have a Netflix account or know of someone with a Netflix account, I encourage you to check it out. You can also host a screening or purchase the movie for $10 and watch it among friends and family at this link: http://livingonone.org/livingonone/film/ I connect to this personally because I am a Finance and International Business major at the University of Maryland College Park. I've briefly lived in Australia and Italy where I've interned and studied various components of a business ranging from international supply chain to international marketing to international finance. I've traveled to over 20 countries witnessing impoverished landscapes where small business owners are over exhausted from how much they struggle to make ends meet to highly wealthy areas where $1000 compares to $1. I am incredibly passionate about micro financing because as I begin my financial career, I am exploring all pursuable options that can help me to enter this international field. Lastly, (if you're still reading this, thank you for sticking around)my 21st birthday is December 16 and I can think of no better way to make a meaningful birthday than helping 12 year old Chino return back to school or assisting 20 year old Rosa with her small business so she can pursue her dreams to be a nurse. Thanks!