Missionary Society of St. Columban

 

Project allows Filipino women to grow small businesses

Almost 90% of the people utilizing the Grameen bank are women, most of whom grew up surrounded by poverty with no access to education who are now trying to provide better opportunities for their own children.

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With an average loan of $40 (2,000 pesos) from Grameen Kazama, entrepreneurial spirit took flight and women opened sari sari (corner) stores to serve their communities, turned corners of their homes into food stands and and developed push cart routes to sell necessities to people of the barrios. Although the women had very little formal education, they identified needs in their communities and figured out how to fill them in ways that would provide income for their families allowing them access to education and healthcare.

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Your support of the Columban run Grameen Bank Pagadian City is tangible proof that people living thousands of miles away “love their neighbor as they love themselves.” Your donation offers a hand up out of poverty while preserving the dignity of those utilizing the program.

The items listed in our Gifts to Give section are reflections of how past donations have been put to good use. Occasionally, we receive more donations for a project than can be reasonably applied to that project. When that happens, your gift will be used to support the work of the Columban Fathers where the need is greatest.


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