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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Community Clinics, Economic Development, Health, International, International Development, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Pro Mujer is a leading development organization that provides women in Latin America with financial, health and human development services that are typically out of reach, but essential to breaking the cycle of poverty. These services help empower women to gain the financial independence, knowledge and self-esteem they need to become agents of change at home and in their communities. Our integrated package of services includes: • Small loans, savings and insurance • Business and empowerment training • Preventive health education • High-quality, low-cost primary healthcare

Results: Over the past 22 years, Pro Mujer has disbursed more than US$1 billion in small loans and reached more than 1.6 million women and their 6.4 million children and family members. At the close of 1Q2012, Pro Mujer managed a loan portfolio of $101,338,000 and served more than 261,832 clients in 178 centers supported by 1,755 employees.

Target demographics: Women from impoverished communities in Latin America who: • are between the ages of 18 and 45 • have on average 4 children • are heads or de facto heads of household • work in the informal sector • have limited or no access to health services

Geographic areas served: Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first experienced working with ProMujer in 2007 when I founded a microfinance service trip to Bolivia through my university, Boston College. Through the partnership with Foundations for Sustainable Development, a group of us spent a week with ProMujer in Cochabamba, Bolivia interacting with clients at various local branches. After seeing the impact of ProMujer on its clients and the empowerment it gives women, my disposition of microfinance as a viable means for a family's sustainability strengthened. Starting in 2008, I partook in ProMujer's junior committee for 2 and a half years, mainly in the fundraising area. I highly recommend ProMujer as one of the top great nonprofits for all their efforts to help women support themselves and their families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pro Mujer is a smart and effective solution that provides women with the necessary resources to achieve their full potential. The unique Pro Mujer model that combines credit, business training, and healthcare gives women the opportunities necessary to succeed and empower themselves. By further growing its operations, the organization will have a lasting impact on society globally.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The great job that Pro Mujer is doing in Latin America is really amazing. You can only see in the faces of the women (and families) the happiness and hopeful possibility to grow up after the contact with the Institution.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pro Mujer is an absolutely amazing organization. Each time I volunteer I am newly inspired and moritvate by the fantastic women Pro Mujer supports. I am quite sure that I get more from volunteering my time than Pro Mujer and the women it supports get from me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The clearest indications of Pro Mujer's commitment are the success of it clients and their enthusiasm for Pro Mujer. I have witnessed the pride of the women clients in themselves--their viable businesses, their opportunities for leadership within the Pro Mujer village banks, and their hard-earned confidence. Clients have proudly told how their children are now attending university--from the poorest of the poor to professional class in a single generation! Pro Mujer is strongly mission-focused, and it resonates throughout the staff. As a volunteer and former board member, I have seen the organization mature and top-quality leadership brought in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pro Mujer is a top organization based in NYC focused on the mission to fight world poverty. Microfinance is a strong global avenue to achieve this. Pro Mujer's concentration on women in Latin America exemplifies the organization's strategy to do one thing at a time, do it very well, before moving on. The near and long term prospects for Pro Mujer are extremely promising and no doubt will be life-changing for many people across the globe. As an active volunteer, I have heard many of Pro Mujer's clients speak graciously about the results of the programs aiding business, healthcare and education. Get involved and join efforts with Pro Mujer if you feel passionate about women empowerment, local entrepreneurship, and the fight against poverty!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so honored to be a part of the Pro Mujer mission and family! Their work in the Latin America is groundbreaking and inspiring. Help to spread the word about Pro Mujer. -Giovanna, Junior Committe

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am particularly proud to have helped Pro Mujer's mission as a donor and past volunteer on the Junior Committee. While part of the Junior Committee I was able to travel to Nicaragua and meet some of the women and families that benefit from the services that Pro Mujer provides. There is no doubt in my mind that thousands of individuals have gained invaluable skills and self-confidence through Pro Mujer, and that they have become an integral part of their local economies as a result. Pro Mujer gives it's clients a sense of self-worth along with a community for ongoing support. These things, along with Pro Mujer's committment to women's health which is a pilar of community health, has inspired me to continue to give in any way I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to witness ProMujer's dedication to the empowerment of women through microfinance and other development initiatives for the past two years. Whether at a black-tie event in New York City or a local health clinic in rural Nicaragua, everyone I have come into contact with involved with ProMujer is passionate about the cause and carries a genuine belief in ProMujer's ability to affect change across the globe.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am not only impressed by Pro Mujer's commitment to creating self-reliant communities but by their focus on cultivating a new generation of leaders in microfinance. Their commitment to education is evidenced by their active junior committee, their publications, and their focus on training women to better their own lives. I am impressed by Pro Mujer’s ability to connect women across the world by creating a solidarity network.