Devote Yourself to creating something that gives you purpose . . .

"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."

Tuesdays with Morrie, author Mitch Albom

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fundraising Event Helps Women in Four Countries

One of the blessings of raising funds for micro-lending opportunities is actually being able to distribute those funds into the accounts of women businesses through KIVA and know that it will make a life changing impact on them, their children, and their communities. Today was a day of blessings as the 3 Degrees - Connected™ team contributed to four loans to help women in under-developed nations. I have included a brief note and picture about each of these businesses below.

Bujwaha Netgeta Rosemary Group located in Hoima, Uganda is raising money for used clothing sales. They have been in business for 3 years. The total loan requested was $450.00 with repayment terms of 11 months.

Yaa Yeboah located in Dorma Ahenkro, Ghana is raising money to buy more raw materials for her food vending business. She has been in business for 5 years. The total loan requested was $425.00 with repayment terms of 7 months.

Josephine Brown located in Malaubang, Ozamiz City, Philippines makes a living operating a business in the retail sector. She has been engaged in business for 3 years. The total loan requested was $125.00 with repayment terms of 8 months.

Meriga located in Adidogome, Togo earns income from selling charcoal and sweet potatoes (tubers). She has been in business 35 years and has asked for a loan to replenish her inventory. The total loan requested was $1,075.00 with repayment terms of 14 months.

As these loans are repaid, the money is returned in the form of credits into the 3 Degrees - Connected ™ lending team account for further distribution. Periodically you will see posts about the women we are helping.

If you want to see how good it feels to lend money to help women, please click on the link taking you into our lending team account. Set up your own loans through the team and see what impact we can make together. You will then have the right to select who you want to lend to as well as how to use the funds as they return to you.

For as little as $25.00 you can support a business through collective lending efforts. Today we chose to support 4 businesses rather than put all our money into one loan.

**We did not fully-fund these loans, but only a very small portion. It is our goal that we may be able to fully-fund a loan in the future.

Thank you for supporting our fundraising activities and happy lending!

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