Donor Stories

Zambia VB Group

A Donor’s Perspective: Our Visit to FINCA Uganda

Sarah Baird spent five days with the FINCA Uganda staff, touring various communities to learn about and document a host of programs that FINCA offers its clients. Here is her trip report >> 

 

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Inspired High School Students Fundraise with FINCA Team Page

In 2010, a newspaper article about microfinance inspired us to brainstorm ways to help make a difference in people’s lives around the world. We started our microfinance club and soon stumbled upon FINCA, where we loved the idea of the Village Bank program...

 

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The Dalai Mamas

Remembering Mother by Supporting Other Mothers

My wife Pat and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit La Prosperidad, the village bank group in Villa Nueva, Guatemala, sponsored by my sons and me in memory of their mother who died of cancer. We attended one of their regular meetings, and we met the most wonderful women and one man, who were investing in a variety of small enterprises with the help of their FINCA loans.

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The Dalai Mamas

Dancing to Serve the Global Community and Support FINCA

We recently received a wonderful letter from a Portland, OR, dance troupe known as the Dalai Mamas. This talented group of women performs their own special brand of tribal belly dancing at local community events and, at each event, they talk to their audiences about FINCA and microfinance and the power of small loans to transform lives. They perform at senior centers, baby showers, weddings, and churches.

 

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FINCA makes Huffington Post

FINCA makes Huffington Post

September, 2012
In case you missed it, the Huffington Post ran a feature on the FINCA supporters, who are providing this great organization with the tools and long-term commitment that is changing the face of opportunity around the world...

 

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A portrait of Richard Wright by Steve Musgrave

FINCA UK Champion Climbs Kilimanjaro to Raise FINCA Funds

Raj Sambasivan, a FINC AUK champion and Morgan Stanley employee, took on the arduous task of climbing the highest, free-standing mountain in the world to raise money to support a Village Bank in Tanzania. And they succeeded!
On September 9th, he and his teammates – seven colleagues from the London Business School Executive MBA 2012 program – reached the summit...

 

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Zambia VB Group

Publishing a First-Person Experience for All to Share

Long-time supporters Delaina Miller and Kristin Hatch, niece of founder John Hatch, daughter of Board Chair Bob Hatch and a FINCA International Board Member, spent two weeks getting to know the clients and staff of FINCA’s Uganda and Zambia subsidiaries, and were so moved by the experience that they’ve written an eBook, the proceeds of which will be donated to FINCA.



 

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Zambia VB Group
“It’s our world. We’re all one. Why wouldn’t we share?”

Our team, COE Lending Group, has a mission to close the gap between rich and poor nations. What better way than to help women in the poorest of nations to advance themselves, their families, and their communities by encouraging their creative, courageous and entrepreneurial enterprise? We’re avid supporters of FINCA and have funded Village Banks in Haiti, Zambia and Afghanistan using FINCA’s Team Pages.

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A portrait of Richard Wright by Steve Musgrave

Making donation in honor of our wedding guests

We recently celebrated our wedding. In lieu of favors for our guests, we are making donations to some of our favorite charities. Each wedding guest was asked to help us determine how to divide our gift by visiting the charity tables at our reception. There, guests read about our five favorite charitable causes. Brian’s entrepreneurial spirit and desire to advocate draws him to support FINCA, so your organization was one of the five that our guests had an opportunity learn about, and many of our guests selected your organization as their charity of choice!

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A portrait of Richard Wright by Steve Musgrave

Create Lasting Impact through FINCA’s Legacy Society

Bill Raiford has dedicated his life to working in the developing world. Over the course of his career, he visited more than 40 countries as a member of the United Nations Development Program, and he observed that programs providing women with access to financial services tended to have more long-lasting effects not only on the women, but on their communities. So it was no surprise that, when he heard about FINCA’s work, he knew he’d found a cause worth investing in.

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First Unitarian Walkathon

Unitarians Walk This Way to Change Lives

The Northville First United Methodist Church in Northville, MI has become one of the leading sponsors of FINCA’s Village Banks, thanks to its annual “Bizarre Bazaar” fundraising event. Since 2008, when the Church chose FINCA as one of its “mission projects,” it has sponsored a total of nine Village Banks in Afghanistan, Haiti, Jordan, Malawi, Tajikistan and Zambia...

 

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Bizarre Bazaar Builds Banks

The Northville First United Methodist Church in Northville, MI has become one of the leading sponsors of FINCA’s Village Banks, thanks to its annual “Bizarre Bazaar” fundraising event. Since 2008, when the Church chose FINCA as one of its “mission projects,” it has sponsored a total of nine Village Banks in Afghanistan, Haiti, Jordan, Malawi, Tajikistan and Zambia...

 

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Mile High Friends of FINCA Shop for Fundraising

In Denver, 50 families have jointly raised more than $70,000 for FINCA in 16 years—without spending a dollar. Postage stamps are their biggest expense. How do they do it? By taking advantage of grocery store programs that sell gift certificates at discounts to charitable organizations. Ken and Karen Gerdes, who started Mile High Friends of FINCA in 1994, say Kroger and other national and regional grocery chains sell the families in the group members gift certificates and prepaid gift cards at small discounts.

 

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Sandra Wong, Musician
Fiddling for FINCA

Inspired by the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January, Sandra Wong, who plays the fiddle and the nyckelharpa—a 16-stringed, keyed, bowed instrument from Sweden—came together with several fellow musicians to put on the “World Music Benefit Concert” in Colorado.

 

 

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FINCA Tanzania Client Sherida

Coffee Break Funds Support FINCA

Christine, a loyal supporter from suburban Boston, recently wrote us that she has placed a postcard of FINCA Tanzania client Sherida Mkama on her refrigerator to remind her every day of the transformative power of FINCA loans. Inspired by Sherida’s story, Christine is forgoing her daily coffee breaks, and contributing her savings to FINCA...

 

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People of All Ages Digging Deep for Haiti

A proud mother wrote us awhile ago that her 13-year-old son Dante “handed me $20 today and said that he wanted to find a good organization to give money to for Haiti. Dante told me that he had looked up the exchange rate and figured this would be really worth something for people in Haiti.”

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A portrait of Richard Wright by Steve Musgrave

Bar Mitzvah Gift Helps Transform Lives

A generous young man from Illinois recently wrote us that his grandfather told him, “whatever I gave, he would match it plus add 50% more. I really like how you help people that can’t help themselves.

To the left is the card we received from our young donor.

 

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Yoga Class Stretches to Give

Suzanne W. wrote recently to tell us that “all proceeds” from the bi-weekly yoga class she teaches in Monsey, NY “are being donated to you"...

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Happy Birthday Jo Ann…and Many More

Jo Ann Field of Kansas City, a long-time member of FINCA’s Board of Directors, and the first chair of its Advisory Board, recently celebrated her birthday in a fun and unique fashion. In honor of her 75th birthday, Jo Ann asked family and friends to make donations to FINCA in lieu of birthday presents. More than $5,000 was raised in Jo Ann’s honor.

On the photo, R to L: Laura Welch, Jo Ann Field, Debbie Starke, Patty Garney, and Roxie Jerde - responsible for successfully launching KCWGG with Stacey Lorence's help

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Seventh Grader Raises Money for FINCA

Seventh Grader’s Basketball Tournament Scores for Village Banking Campaign

While opening the mail recently, we were startled when—along with a check for $3,335.50—out tumbled a photograph of one of our most amazing new supporters: a seventh grader from New Jersey named Daniel, cradling a basketball in one hand and a Village Banking Campaign brochure in the other. 

We contacted Daniel’s mother to find out how he had been able to contribute so generously to FINCA...

 

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Mahalo Nui, Wise Old Women

In August of 2009, we received a letter that started “Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii” and a money order for $135 from the WOW (Wise Old Women) of Puna, Hawaii.

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Alyson D., mother, and daughter

Jewelry Sales Support FINCA Jordan Village Bank

"Enclosed please find checks totaling $5,000 (plus a few cents) for a Village Bank in Jordan," started a wonderful letter we received from Alyson D. of Bedford, PA. Alyson joined with her mother and daughter to create and sell jewelry to support FINCA Jordan...

To the left: Alyson D., mother and daugther

 

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A 13-Year Old Pays It Forward for FINCA

A couple of weeks ago, we received a letter from an obviously proud father in Minnesota, who told us about his son Paul, a seventh grader at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights. His letter said, “Paul received a $100 grant of seed money from the Pay It Forward Foundation with the general mandate to do something good that would keep doing good.”

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