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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

More Tortillas Please

Dear Gabriel,

Alma Yanira Flores Hernandez was determined to feed her impoverished family through her own hard work. But to make and sell tortillas, she needed to buy more than a pound of corn at a time.

Let me tell you that making tortillas is a painstakingly slow process to begin with. But buying only one pound of corn at a time made things worse for Alma. She would buy one pound. Then another. Then another. The proceeds were tiny, the work backbreaking, the income pitiful.

And then something changed.

Alma became a FINCA client – and her family’s life changed forever.

With her first FINCA loan, Alma was able to buy a bushel of corn at a lower price – making more tortillas faster and at a greater profit. This was just the beginning of her turnaround:

Her growing income has meant healthier food for her daughters.

A stable business has produced money for her children’s education – for their future.

Alma recently started selling beans, eggs, rice, vegetables and fruit to her customers when they buy their tortillas.

Alma, and millions living in similarly impoverished circumstances, could work every waking hour, but miniscule profit margins make a sustainable, growing income near impossible. FINCA changed this for Alma – and almost one million other self-employed clients just like her.

You can break this poverty trap directly – today.

You can provide – through that first FINCA loan – another woman in Alma’s poverty trap with a hand up and into a new future.

Alma has a message for FINCA supporters like you: “I give thanks to FINCA because our lives have taken such an enormous turn for the better. With all the support you have given me I can create a brighter future for my daughters.”

Many more Almas have an equally powerful call-to-action for you: Help us access that first loan and our families will grab the chance to escape poverty with both hands.

Please, if you can, give the next Alma her first loan today.

And remember, the Feinstein Foundation will boost your donation today with matching funds that will make its impact go even further. Please don’t allow these funds to go unused.

Thank you for supporting women entrepreneurs,

Soledad Gompf
Vice President, New Business Development
FINCA

Building for Generations

If you would like to support a wonderful responsible and effective organization that works in Tanzania and Peru (so far), then I encourage you to learn more about Building for Generations. Here’s a brief description from Cory Ibarra (the director).

Building for Generations

We support education projects with a focus on persons with special needs. We build appropriate facilities to meet the needs of the community. We enhance existing programs with materials and equipment, and reduce physical and social barriers through community education, outreach, and advocacy. We develop sustainable programs and increase economic opportunities.

To build on the strengths of the community with local participation in assessing, planning, constructing and staffing. We are committed to the inclusion of people with special needs in the Millennium Development Goals of 2015. Our projects address these four goals in particular:

(I) Alleviation of poverty
(II) Universal primary education
(III) Improved lives for woman (heads of household)
VIII) Productive work for youth

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