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Don’t Look the Other Way

Stop for a moment and answer this question: What can you buy for $2.50? These days, not much. A bottle of water. A candy bar, perhaps. Maybe a bag of chips.

Now think about this: Right now, half of the world’s population—more than three billion people–is living on $2.50 a day or less. With no money left over to dig their way out of poverty.

You can look away as they struggle – or you can take action.

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A small loan can be all an enterprising individual needs to begin down the path to success. Just $25 can provide a microentrepreneur with goods to sell at the local market. $50 or $100 can allow an individual to buy a sewing machine, or a refrigerator to keep food for resale from spoiling overnight. They’ll be the ones doing all of the hard work – all they need is a little help from you to get them started.

We reach more than one million clients in 22 countries – most of them women. Women in particular are using their businesses to provide for their families and to earn independence within their communities. While some 13 million worldwide have already benefited from microcredit, the need is still estimated to be 200 million people.

Around the world, our clients – and potential clients – are ready to work hard to get ahead. All they need is for you not to look the other way. You may take action and make a donation today.

Sincerely,

Soledad Gompf
Vice President
FINCA

Better Than Commerical Banks

Better Than Commercial Banks

We have always been proud of our FINCA (Foundation for International Community Assistance) clients and the success they achieve. After all, they have an astounding on-time loan repayment rate of over 98 percent – as good or better than many commercial banks expect.

But today, we’re writing to you with a very special message: Our client success is now the best we’ve ever seen!

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When our over one million micro-entrepreneurs get the hand up they need, we never cease to be amazed at how far they go – entrepreneurs like Victoria Banda of Zambia. A 36-year-old woman who never finished primary school, she is now the main income earner for herself, her parents, and her two sisters. Starting with a loan of just $20, she now operates her own store and helps her younger sister through college.

That’s a lot to accomplish for someone who started with just $20!

We’re blown away by FINCA clients like Victoria – and hers is just one of many incredible success stories. They do the hard work to get ahead, but that first step towards success would never have been possible without people like you. When you provide an entrepreneur with a microloan, you are the turning point on their path to independence and opportunity.

Thank you for your generosity.

Sincerely,

Soledad Gompf
Vice President
FINCA

50,000 People

Dear Gabriel,

What do 140 Boeing 747s, Yankee Stadium, six square miles of Los Angeles, and FINCA Ecuador all have in common?

Each includes 50,000 people!

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As we all know, innovation is the key to lasting, sustainable, and successful development. That’s why FINCA is pioneering an innovative health insurance plan in Ecuador, where over 50,000 FINCA clients and their families—some 200,000 people in all—are automatically provided with health insurance as part of their FINCA loan packages.

Their benefits include:

Access to a network of primary, private health care providers
Affordable generic medications provided through a network of 150 pharmacies
A 24/7 telephone service for health consultation – great for families with children
Hospitalization coverage with a daily cash benefit compensation in case of severe illness
During our Matching Gift Challenge, your generosity will be multiplied – impacting more clients, families, and communities.

Be part of this holistic approach of providing hardworking microentrepreneurs a hand up to a brighter future. Give today and make change happen for families struggling in poverty.

Sincerely,

Soledad Gompf
FINCA Vice President

FINCA + YOU

Dear Gabriel and Colleagues,

When you think of FINCA, what comes to mind – microcredit, entrepreneurship, sustainability? When you think of FINCA +, what do you envision? We see FINCA + You, working together to change the world.

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FINCA + You = Microcredit and other financial services for the world’s lowest-income entrepreneurs, so they can work their way out of poverty, create jobs for others, and improve their families’ standard of living.

FINCA + You = Microenergy, a pilot project we’re running in Uganda and seek to expand elsewhere in Africa and eventually throughout the 21-country FINCA network, helping deliver clean, affordable energy technologies to FINCA clients and their families.

FINCA + You = the possibility for improving the health of our clients. Healthcare emergencies are one of the leading reasons families that climbed out of poverty fall back into it. So FINCA is exploring ways to help our over one million clients create “rainy day” saving funds and access insurance services to protect themselves in the event of serious illness or other calamity.

Join us as we create hope and opportunity to help change lives in 21 countries around the world.

Sincerely,
Soledad Gompf
Vice President, FINCA

PS: Don’t forget, FINCA is part of a $1 million challenge grant to fight hunger around the world. Donate today, and your support will be partially matched!

Good Small Things

Dear Gabriel,

They say the best things come in small packages. At FINCA, we think so, too. That’s why we believe in the power of our small loans. Time and time again, we’ve seen poor women transform a loan into a life-changing opportunity. It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference in someone’s life – just a small act of faith.

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Did you know that, within a year, one single donation to FINCA can fund as many as three loans to hardworking women? Did you know that $50 is enough capital for a hardworking mother to buy more materials for her small business so she can send provide for her children? Small loans like these have unlimited potential to support FINCA clients all over the world. Small loans for big change – that’s our mission, and it wouldn’t be possible without your support.

Bit by bit, we can help break the cycle of poverty that grips many of the world’s working poor. FINCA’s clients are doing their part by using their loans to build self-sustaining businesses that transform their families and their communities. Their repayment rates are remarkable – as soon as one FINCA woman repays her loan, another deserving entrepreneur is given a chance. Every small loan counts. The more loans we can give, the faster the progress, the bigger the success story. No matter how small or large your donation is, it will leave a mark much bigger than you can ever anticipate.

Help us write the world’s success story today, and support small FINCA loans for big change. Support hard work, the human spirit, and resilience. Donate today, and join the global fight against poverty.

Thank you for your generosity,

Soledad Gompf
Vice President,
New Business Development

In Jail With Her Innocent Clients

Dear Gabriel,

ye2012_nasrin_rcNasrin Sotoudeh has had enough.

One of Iran’s most prominent human rights attorneys, Nasrin is serving a six-year prison sentence for defending political activists and juveniles facing the death penalty.

While Nasrin is in jail, authorities have gone out of their way to harass her husband and children.

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Iranian authorities are doing their utmost to silence the families of political prisoners.

When Nasrin’s husband Reza Khandan wrote a letter protesting her harsh treatment in prison, he was accused of “disturbing public opinion,” detained in Evin Prison overnight and questioned while blindfolded.

When authorities discovered that Nasrin had been using a tissue to write her defense for an upcoming court hearing, they cut off face-to-face visits with her 13-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.

Nasrin went on a seven-week hunger strike in protest.

But there is hope. The “judicial restrictions” placed on Nasrin’s daughter were removed today after increased public pressure from Amnesty International activists and others, ending Nasrin’s hunger strike.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has denounced Nasrin’s unjust imprisonment, calling her a “sincere colleague and a very courageous Iranian attorney.”

In October, after receiving the Martin Ennals Award for human rights defenders, Nasrin issued the following statement from prison:

Iranian society has never ignored its fundamental rights, but has paid heavily in doing so. They have never stopped their efforts because of arrest, incarceration, [or] judicial prosecution. I am proud to defend each and every one of [my] cases. I am glad and satisfied to endure incarceration alongside my innocent clients.

Nasrin’s children need their mother back, and the Iranian people need their brave human rights hero set free.

Your gift today can make a difference to victims of repression like Nasrin. Donate now.

Gabriel, your generosity makes Amnesty work.

Thank you for your continued dedication and support.

Sincerely,
Suzanne Nossel
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA

Working All Over the World

From FINCA

Gabriel,

Ecuador Clients Impacted by Floods Get Back on Their Feet with Microinsurance.

Earlier this year, flooding in the cities of Guayaquil, Quevedo, Portoviejo, Santo Domingo, Libertad and Chone devastated more than 200 FINCA Ecuador client businesses, however clients are rebuilding their businesses, thanks to FINCA’s “Mi Hogar Progegido” (My Home Protected) insurance product. The product, which is provided for a small fee as part of FINCA Ecuador’s loan package, provides clients with a lump sum payment of $500 to rebuild their businesses, replace inventory, or repair their homes, if they are damaged or destroyed by fire or natural disasters.

In addition to cash support, FINCA Ecuador staff collected clothes and household good, as well as funds which were matched by FINCA International, and used to purchase food and supplies. Clients were invited to attend events in their communities, during which they received bags of food donated by local supermarket partner TIA. The chain also offered clients discounted prices in their stores.

The local team is proud that verified claims were processed in three days, in an effort to help clients get back on their feet quickly.

Read more success stories at FINCA.

From Poverty to Entrepreneur

Dear Gabriel

There’s an amazing group of women you’re not supposed to know about. Rising from outcasts to community leaders, hundreds of thousands of empowered women are changing the course of business history – of world history. These entrepreneurs are breaking the chains of poverty and oppression. Today, FINCA invites you to join them in shaping a new future.

Many commercial banks refuse to give these women access to credit or any other financial services, but FINCA knows they are as capable of running successful businesses as men. We also know that women are more likely to repay their loans on time. By providing this credit, FINCA is fueling a revolutionary approach to ending poverty.

Our faith in women productively managing their loans and businesses is leading to thousands of newly EMPOWERED women.

Time and time again, our clients tell us that our faith in them has led to economic independence and a sense of dignity and pride never experienced before. This new self-esteem transforms women’s power relationships, resulting in greater respect from their husbands and children, and enabling them to become leaders in their communities.

One measure of the sense of empowerment our clients feel can be found in the heightened sense of self-determination they have reported to us in the surveys we have conducted with them:

94% of FINCA Malawi clients interviewed felt able or mostly able to make important decisions on their own that could change the course of their lives.

90% of FINCA clients in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan felt able or mostly able to make important decisions on their own.

By supporting FINCA today you can empower women to shape futures free from poverty for themselves and their children. Please give generously. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Vice President,
New Business Development
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One In A Million

From FINCA (Foundation for International Community Assistance)

Dear Gabriel,

We all like to think we’re special – but thinking and doing are very different things. This month, FINCA is offering you an opportunity to do something momentous…

As you may already know, we are closing in on financing our 1 millionth client. People are starting to talk, and the excitement is building. In the meantime, our friends at the Feinstein Foundation are stepping up once more. We have their support to partly match your donation – as long as you make your gift by April 30.

For you this means that every dollar you pledge will be partly matched, thereby making your pledge even more powerful!

For FINCA and our clients, this increased support is bringing us tantalizingly close to financing our millionth client.

This woman entrepreneur will most certainly be One in a Million – but it’s her actions, and the actions of the other 999,999 women we’ll be supporting, that are shattering the chains of poverty across the developing world. Loan by loan, repayment by repayment, client by client – donation by donation: We are winning the fight against poverty. We cannot stop now.

FINCA’s clients work every day to make microfinance work. Today, it’s your turn to take a barrier-breaking action. And with the Feinstein’s Foundation matching funds – there’s no better time to renew your support.

Many of our supporters have a long history of supporting great causes. They have already given – perhaps you have too. But that’s the point: Supporting this ever-growing tide of self-employed women micro-business owners requires your committed support. There is no quick fix, but there is a long-term solution.

And believe me; FINCA values your ongoing support as deeply as our clients depend on FINCA’s ongoing loans. It’s a shared process – and it’s producing life-changing results. Microfinance is working!

Please renew your support for women’s microfinance initiatives today. FINCA depends on your ongoing commitment and the amazing women we support depend on us.

The Feinstein Foundation’s generous matching funds are a wonderful opportunity to reach client One Million – please don’t let the funds go unused.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Soledad Gompf
Vice President,
New Business Development

PS – Please help FINCA make the most of your support by responding today! For the 15th consecutive year, the Feinstein Foundation will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting organizations nationwide to help them raise funds this March and April.

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