BENEFITING: WHOLE PLANET FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Sep 15, 2013
TO ALL MY DEAR FRIENDS AND FAMILY that I've been blessed with and make my LIFE such an amazing JOURNEY.
I would like to THANK YOU in advance for thinking of me each year on my birthday. This year i would like to give up my birthday celebrations, all precious gifts i always receive and delicious gourmet dinners and i would like (with your help) to provide a woman the opportunity to earn, create and build a new life for her family ..... by giving a microloan through Grameen America, which is Whole Planet Foundation's implementing partner in Los Angeles.
Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank had been awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, international newspapers, magazines, radio and television and online news outlets carried the story, highlighting his decades-long dedication to promoting microcredit as a means to empower the poorest of the poor to become microentrepreneurs and lift themselves out of poverty.
"This is not charity. This is business: business with a social objective, which is to help people get out of poverty. "
In the United States, nearly 1 in 7 people live in poverty (and 1 in 5 children live in poverty). The federal government defines poverty as a family of four living on $23,500 or less. Many of these families work hard to make ends meet, often employed at unpredictable minimum wage jobs. Even working full-time at minimum wage, individuals earn less than $15,000 a year.
$1500 could change someone's life forever - and we could be part of it - HOW AMAZING IS THAT .... to be able to empower someone, believe in them and give them the chance to reach their dreams ... for them and their family ?!?!?!
After all isn't this the American Dream??? Someone helped us to make our dreams reality, its time to pay it forward....
Here's a LOCAL success story .... let's be part of the next one.
Sabina began selling flowers from a shopping cart in her neighborhood to supplement income from a low-wage factory job. With her $1,500 micro-loan she bought cut flowers and party supplies for Quinceañeras. Ambitious to build her business, Sabina took out subsequent loans and grew her savings until she could purchase a commercial refrigerator. Now she buys flowers in bulk - saving time and money. Sabina’s next steps are a delivery van and a second store. From shopping cart to store-front Sabina is a business owner, a job creator and family provider.
Let's all be the change we what to see in the world! - like my indian friend would say, M. Gandhi.