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Update on Linda

On January 25th, Pro Mujer in Nicaragua client Linda Flores spoke at the Radio Netherlands Worldwide microfinance event in the Hague.   Experts, including,  Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, worked to answer the question “who profits from microfinance?” The debate focused both on success stories and the more controversial aspects of microfinance. Watch this video of…
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Mother, Leader, & Entrepreneur

At the age of 15, Linda Flores became a mother. She began making tortillas by hand and selling them to earn money to care for her child. Linda worked seven days a week, waking up at 4 a.m. and laboring all day at the stove top to make 500 tortillas a day. She and her…
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Expecting microfinance to promote immunizations?

Growing concern of the effectiveness of microfinance seems to be popping up everywhere.  A new empirical study by three economics professors claims microcredit alone is not the panacea for poverty that some hoped it would be. “The fact that some people expected much more from it (and perhaps they are right, may be it will…
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Poor Children Pay with Their Health

With the nation’s attention focused on the future of healthcare in the US, we are reminded of the profound connection between poverty and health and that so many around the world still lack access to affordable healthcare. Children from poor households are at consistently higher risk of being exposed to inadequate water and sanitation, crowding,…
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I Am a Woman Leader

Born in Larreynaga, Malpaisillo, Teresa Centeno is a licensed nurse and health educator at Pro Mujer.  With over five years working at Pro Mujer in Nicaragua, Teresa is no stranger to the excitement and challenges of being a health educator; Teresa shares her story in her own words. Growing up, I always knew that Pro…
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"Economica" - The Economics of Being a Woman

How do women interact with the economy? How can we work to alleviate poverty? How does investing in women change a country? The International Museum of Women’s current exhibit, Economica , tackles these issues and more.  Economica explores the role of women in the growing global economy through audio slideshows, podcasts, forum conversations and essays. …
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Ana Garcia: this is my story

Ana Garcia is a 35-year-old mother of two, a fish vendor and a Pro Mujer client. Ana will journey to New York to share her experiences at our 2009 Benefit on October 29th. This is Ana’s story: My name is Ana Luz Garcia. I was born in Poneloya, a small coastal town in León, in…
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Investing in Girls and Women

Pro Mujer was featured on stage at the opening of the fifth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Introducing this year’s focus on investing in girls and women, President Clinton noted, “Women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, and produce 50 percent of the food, yet earn only 10 percent of the…
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MacArthur Grant - Bibliography

SOURCES FOR EXEC SUMMARY AND PROBLEM STATEMENT: HUDSON 2012: Hudson, V., Ballif-Spanvill, B., Caprioli, M., & Emmett, C. (2012). Sex and World Peace. Columbia University Press. Book. UN 2011: Women’s empowerment Principles — equality means business. (2011). UN Women and the UN Global Compact Office. http://www2.unwomen.org/~/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/partnerships/businesses%20and%20foundations/women-s-empowerment-principles_en%20pdf.pdf?v=1&d=20141013T121445 UNDP 2015: Human Development Report 2015: Work for Human…
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