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A Lesson From the Field: 12 Months in Bolivia

I arrived in La Paz approximately seven and a half months ago, eager to start my fellowship with Pro Mujer in Bolivia. I had been looking for an experience that spanned both the microfinance and health sectors, and Pro Mujer fit that profile perfectly. I was ready to learn all about the organization and its…
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Irma Torres, Bringing clean water to her community

Five years ago, she got a $150 loan from Pro Mujer to start a business. Today, she employs 18 people. Irma Torres, a Pro Mujer client from Teoloyucan, Mexico, runs a water purification business out of her home. With her husband as her business partner, she meets her family’s needs, while providing potable water to…
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Wage Gaps

By way of the Poverty News Blog, a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) highlights the ethnic and gender wage gaps in Latin America.  The IDB which honored Pro Mujer Co-Founder Lynne Patterson earlier this year for her pioneering role as a woman in microfinance, reports that women in Latin America still earn…
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Celebrate Women Leaders

March 8th 2010 is International Women’s Day.  Inspired by New York City garment workers’ demand for better working conditions, International Women’s Day is now a time to  celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Unifem, UNESCO, and other organizations will be hosting events all over the world to celebrate…
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Say NO - UNiTE against violence

“I left my home with the man that is now my husband when I was 14-years-old. I thought I was going to have a better life, but it didn’t turn out that way. I dedicated myself to maintaining our home while my husband worked. According to him, the woman’s role is to take care of…
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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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