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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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

we are a ngo in india doing micro finance to yhe poor women dev elopmental activities. my self has attended the 30 th international dailoug program org by grameen trust and grameen bank in dhaka , bangladeh, with prof. younusji,, we have lot of experience in micro finance to make shgs and how to get loans and to re pay all we will teach them in advance. one month with prof. younas on micro finance training. my name is mr. b.babu rao secretary sgss, ngo./

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I would have loved to write a positive review because I am sure that the Pro Mujer is doing a great job! but you asked us to write about our personal experience and my personal experience with this organization is very negative. I wrote to them on many occasions asking them to help me help the women of the VRAE, women who are suffering unimaginable hardships, women teachers, women in the fields, women mothers who would love to have the opportunity for a micro impresa loan. Not once were my emails answered. Maybe I do not know how to write or express myself but I expected a helping hand letter at least of encouragement when I by myself am trying to do the work the Pro Mujer is doing with so many administration hands and so much donated dollars. As the hungry Lazzrus said in the Bible, ‘Can I sit underneath the table to at least eat the crumbs which fall down?’

Christopher16

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked in Nicaragua with another NGO dealing with impoverished populations and education that was located across the street from Pro Mujer in Masaya and had the wonderful opportunity to PERSONALLY meet many wonderful women (often on that street) positively affected by the role Pro Mujer played in their lives. I have heard directly from the mouth's of these women! This organization is so COMPLETELY NECESSARY in the lives of these women so unfairly plunged into an environment that often neglects, disenfranchises, and oppresses them simply for their gender. Beyond that, this organization is improving the plight of women everywhere, and thus the world at large. This is a truly GREAT NONPROFIT and deserves to be recognized as such. Thank you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pro Mujer does excellent work. I worked with them on a project to develop more flexible lending products for their clients. However they go far beyond that also providing short trainings, and also basic health services. Most importantly for many of the members they form a community of support among the women.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Compared to similar NGO's in the field I have found that Pro Mujer distinguishes itself by being a very effectively run organisation with a great heart for the people part of their network. Pro Mujer are life changers, their grassroots impact is very tangible. You just have to listen and talk to the women in the communal banks to realise that a more hopeful world opened up to them once they were part of the group. The future is bright and "red" when the Pro Mujeres are around, that's what I have learned.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Promujer is an amazing organization whose main purpose is to serve their clients in the best possible way. They have 100 health clinics, they have daycare centers, computer and internet services to name a few. I dont know any other to provide such a complete package to women entreprenuers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pro Mujer has made great strides among women in Latin America--helping them help themselves. The organization not only provides credit opportunities, but also the capacity and self confidence support essential for responsible assistance. These women, through Pro Mujer, have improved the livelihoods of families across the region. Now, Pro Mujer is poised to expand operations, apply a proven model, and achieve high level social and financial performance in new countries. I do not doubt their future success.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Pro Mujer for over 10 years and am continually impressed with how the board and management are committed to the mission and equally committed to reflect as an organization on how to improve systems, proceses and management to deliver greater impact. I had an opportunity to talk to one of the clients in Bolivia. She sat with her daughter, who also was a Pro Mujer client. I asked her why, since she was obviously a seasoned client, did she not get her loan from a commercial bank now that she had a good credit history and experience. She looked at me in disbielief and said that Pro Mujer believed in her when she didn't even believe in herself and for that, she would always be a Pro Mujer "socia".

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our foundation has authorized funding of almost $3 million to Pro Mujer programs in Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. We fund microfinance in 52 countries and have worked with dozens of organizations. Pro Mujer remains one of favorite and most trusted partners. We plan to continue working with Pro Mujer for years to come.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the honor of working with Pro Mujer for 4 years in Nicaragua, and I have since been an ongoing donor of the organization. Pro Mujer is filled with some of the most amazing people I have ever met, both staff and women participants.