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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.


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

Natalie Portman Calls Us Out

Dear Gabriel,

For millions of the world’s poorest, struggling to survive on just a few dollars a day, FINCA is a shining light of hope—a chance to work their way out of poverty.

For 27 years, FINCA has been providing a hand up, not a handout, to the world’s lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living. By putting small loans directly into the hands of the working poor, FINCA helps people help themselves.

Yet as wonderful as it is that FINCA has made more loans this year than ever, the need for microlending services just keeps growing.

As a committed FINCA supporter, I am asking you to help us continue to provide these vital loans. Give today and your contribution will be matched – three times over!

FINCA expand its outreach to extremely poor people in some of the most desperate places on Earth. I hope you will be as generous as you can, because your gift will be quadrupled with matching funds.

FINCA’s loan clients are so resourceful. It’s amazing to see how hard these women work and what a huge difference a small loan from FINCA can make for them. Once they pay off their loans, the first thing they do is educate and feed their kids. Their determination inspires me to take action.

Please join me by taking an action of your own; please make a gift today that will go 4 times further than normal.

The deadline for these matching funds is November 30th, please don’t let them go to waste!

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season,

Thank you for your support!

Natalie Portman
FINCA Ambassador of Hope

Women Not Intimidated

Dear Gabriel,

How easily do you scare? We all have a sense of the lines we won’t let bullies cross, and rightly so. For poor women in Guatemala, fighting for their dignity can be a daily struggle. But fight they do.

Poor women in Central America have often been refused service at “traditional” banks and even been manhandled out the door for having the audacity to enter the premises and apply for small loans.

Treating poor women this way is designed to humiliate and intimidate. It reinforces a poverty trap and reminds Central America’s most excluded women of “their place” at the bottom of a hierarchical society.

But, today, these women refuse to be intimidated; they will not accept second class status. And they take their business elsewhere. They come to FINCA.

Growing numbers of mothers and sisters and neighbors are finding FINCA’s doors open. We want their business, trust their financial management and believe in supporting small enterprises, morally and as reliable sustainable micro-businesses.

Ironically, we know that the average repayment rates for microfinance loans are better than those for “regular loans” in Guatemala, the US and most everywhere else.

More importantly, FINCA’s work is not just about financial services, it’s about empowering women to shatter the poverty trap and beat the bullies who would happily see them permanently excluded from access to financial services. We are proving, woman by woman, loan by loan. that people can fight their way out of poverty.

We believe in the poorest women from Central America and we’re asking you to believe in them too. Many of these women face poverty, the backdrop of a particularly violent society and gender-based exclusion day and daily. And they face it down, again and again. Please stand with them today.

Your support is more than symbolic. Your donation will help find and fund another microfinance client, potentially a women who’s been mistreated, but who will not accept exclusion.

Don’t accept second class citizenship. Take a stand. Support FINCA’s One In A Million campaign to find client one million and help her prove what women can achieve with access to small loans.

Please give generously,

Soledad Gompf
Vice President,
New Business Development

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