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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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Pro Mujer for many years and hope to continue to be one for many more. Their work with microfinance is of the highest caliber because of the support services, education and leadership training they offer to their microfinance clients. It is this attentive working to help women grow and prosper in all aspects of their lives which makes Pro Mujer stand out. I say this as an anthropologist who has worked with women in a number of third world countries.

Donor

Rating: 5

ProMujer is a wonderful organization with far reaching impact. I have had the opportunity to sit and speak with various country directors and well as communal bank directors to hear their stories about how women benefit from ProMujer's services and support network. It is not just the women who are served by ProMujer, but also their families. The numbers associated with ProMujer are astounding, 99% of the women repay their loans in full, hundred of thousands of women served, and millions more children and extended family. This means ProMujer is doing something very right. When speaking with the founders, Lynn and Carmen, and the country directors across Latin America, it is impossible not to want to help this organization and become obsessed with their mission. ProMujer is filled with such talented and dedicated people who are constantly coming up with new creative ways to approach women's empowerment in Latin America.

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Donor

Rating: 5

While fairly new to ProMujer, I have been consistently impressed with the organization as a whole. It's not just my faith in the staff, but also the published results of their microfinance and health initiatives providing me evidence of the impact of my donation

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been blown away during my fairly short time with ProMujer. While the organization's holistic and effective approach to breaking the poverty cycle is what initially lead me to seek involovement with the organization, the dedication of the staff and fellow volunteers has only made me want to increase that level of support.

Haley P.

Donor

Rating: 5

The integrity and innovation that underpin's Pro Mujer's work mirrors the tenacity and resources fullness of their clients. Pro Mujer remains true to and focused on their mission of empowering women, and they are rigorous about building programs that target their clients needs and about measuring their impact. I have been repeatedly impressed by the emotional intelligence and skill of Pro Mujer's staff in country and in headquarters. For all of these reasons and more, I support Pro Mujer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

i have been involved with Pro Mujer for several years now as a very vocal supporter and donor. three years ago i had the opportunity to see first hand how they work with women in latin america. i went on a Pro Mujer field trip to Peru. what truly impressed me about this "microfinance" organization is what they do for their clients' health. they very early realized that the women in this communities was the primary earner in most of the families, and without healthcare, if they became ill there would be no bread on the table. however, like everything else at Pro Mujer, the healthcare services are not free, they believe that the women should pay for what they receive. in many of their offices the first thing you see when you enter is the health clinic and not the banking side of the operation. they have documented statistics of how they have reduced breast and uterine cancer with their customers versus other community members. by dedicating their financial and health services to women they have an astounding success rate in loan payback and improved healthcare. what a truly fantastic organization. i am proud to be a very small contributor to this group.