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Pro Mujer, Inc.

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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 (PM) is a leading women’s development organization in Latin America with a mission to empower underserved women to realize their full potential. PM pioneered an integrated approach model providing access to financial services and education with preventive healthcare services to help low-income women and their families achieve economic independence and thrive. The majority of services are delivered at our centers, fostering community building and trust among clients. PM also ensures all have access by extending services directly within the homes and businesses of the women we serve, even in the most remote regions.

Results: Since our founding in 1990, PM has disbursed $3 billion micro-loans and 8 million health interventions transforming the lives of low-income women and their families. Currently, PM serves approximately 250,000 women annually in six countries: Bolivia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Guatemala, with international headquarters in New York City. By listening and engaging with the women we serve, PM designs services that best meet their needs, to improve and transform their lives, their families and communities.

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, Peru and Guatemala

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pro Mujer is an organizations that has impacted the lives of many women in South and Central America. This organization has informed and enabled women to support themselves and their children. The organization has also spearheaded a movement to better inform women of preventative health care for themselves and their children.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to visit a center in Argentina when the women were coming together to discuss their progress in their businesses. I particularly remember one woman who quietly sat through the meeting and said nothing at first. When she finally spoke up,she had stated that her husband and mother had strongly discouraged her from participating in the program and offered her no support. She persisted because the staff and women at Pro Mujer had supported and encouraged her to keep working at her little business. She said that without this kind of support, she would not have been able to do this. She has now shown her mother and husband the benefits and the profits, and now they have begun to support her efforts, but she feels that if it hadn't been for Pro Mujer, she would not have been able to accomplish all of this. She moved many in the group to tears. It is this kind of impact that ProMujer has on its women, and I strongly suggest that this work be continued in support of women and their children. They are our future, and Pro Mujer has hand in shaping a better world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for over 10 years. I have seen the effectiveness of microfinancing and the professionalism of this organization. An excellent way of fighting poverty in these countries is to empower the people to create their own businesses.

Bill27

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One clear measurement of the effectiveness of Pro Mujer as an NGO is the ratio of employees working in country versus headquarter staff. With most of Pro Mujer employees being in Latin America and having a small HQ staff indicates a well-run and efficient organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am impressed by Pro Mujer's mission to provide poor women in latin America with the tools to create small business income for themselves and more opportunities for their families. The combination of microfinance, business training, and healthcare support gives the women so much more than funds; the focus is on long term success and independence. I plan to donate and or volunteer in the future.








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./

Rita F.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor and former volunteer. I have given a huge amount of my time to this organization because of its vision, mission and execution. Not only has Pro Mujer helped over a million women and their families to find dignity through being able to build a livelihood but they always share their learnings and have been a role model for other NGOs throughout the world. Microfinance, Health services, Training all done at a local level by dedicated and fantastic staff is a winning model to change the face of poverty for this generation and the next.

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.

Kent N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pro Mujer 's slogan is "Where your word counts". I love that! The women who borrow money know that other women are relying on them to work hard and repay their loans. This is the first step in the empowerment that Pro Mujer engenders.

Board Member

Rating: 5

By now, everyone knows that women are the foundation of successful micro economies (family, home, community). Pro Mujer puts this truth at the center of its programs. Working in Latin America, it provides 250,000 low-income women with business training, small loans and preventative health care, thus helping women with virtually no resources to upgrade their income and their well-being and the well-being of their children.
This is Pro Mujer’s mission - to provide the supports that enable women to transform their lives by their own work and diligence. It has pursued this mission with discipline, skill, compassion, and transparency for 22 years, making it one of the most profoundly proven women-focused sustainable development organizations in Latin America.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a current donor and former board member of Pro Mujer. I am also an industry expert, and served for over 13 years as director of an association of microfinance organizations. I became committed to Pro Mujer because the organization's focus on poverty alleviation through its focus on women is compelling. It has never lost sight of that goal in the pursuit of profit, and it has conscientiously worked to track its performance and increase its effectiveness year after year. The staff are committed, the board provides strong oversight and expertise to the institution, and its founders remain keepers of the vision for all engaged in the endeavor. I have heard its clients speak eloquently of the profound transformative effects that they've experienced through their participation in the program, and I've seen the economic effects in their households.

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.

Claudia V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first encountered about Pro Mujer while searching for an assigned school report about global woman leaders who are creating positive change for other women. Pro Mujer truly captured my full attention and interest when finding out that this organization assists and provides poor Latin American women with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, a healthy well-being and of course business opportunity. There is such an amazing connection and respect that I have for this organization, I personally come from a Bolivian background and understand just how difficult it is in all Latin American countries for all women. I was born in the United States and hold my culture and roots with such pride! Pro Mujer has created such an empowering and positive effective change for all Latin American women. I as a women feel great honor in knowing that women are working hard within these sectors by transforming other women's lives for better.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

ProMujer is a wonderful organization, providing unique support to women in Latin America by truly passionate people.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are priviliged to support the mission and commitment of Pro Mujer to the women of Latin America. Our small loan gives us an opportunity to be a part of an organization that believes in women and helps them to be successful entrpreneurs, break down barriers and become self-sustaining.

Morag F.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched the influence of Pro Mujer grow substantially over the years. I have visited all the countries where they are based and recognize how vitally important their work is. In addition to the modest loans they make to individual women they go the extra mile, offering classes in health care, internet access, child care, and business. Their work has transformed lives and will continue to bless each generation.

Ceyli V.

Donor

Rating: 5

Pro Mujer is a great organization that really empowers women. I really hope they get bigger and expand to more countries.

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

PRomujer is an example of hard working and passionate people that not only offers credit to women they offer the opportunity to be someone and empower themselves through development and friendship. I love the way they work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pro Mujer is empowering incredibly poor women throughout Latin America to change their own lives. Their children will live better, healthier, more financially secure lives thanks to Pro Mujer's winning combination of small loans, health care, and training.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My dream job is to work for Pro Mujer! The work they do is so important and so necessary. Their programs are amazing and you can tell that their leadership is passionate about their mission.

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.

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The entire Pro Mujer organization - Board and staff - are commited to working together to help women become agents of change at home and in their communities. We use a multidimensional approach providing clients with small loans, business and empowerment training, and low cost primary health care. We hold ourselves to a very high standard, and believe that we are one of the most efficient and impactful organization in addressing the problems of women living in extreme poverty.

Donor

Rating: 5

Almost 20 years ago, well maybe longer now, I was asked to help move incorporation papers through the process for Pro Mujer. I was happy to do this as it seemed like a worthwhile endeavor. Then I visited Bolivia to see the program myself and was hooked! My first visit to the Friday meetings for the communal banks made me fall in love with these women..... many of whom had walked many many miles to get to the center in El Alto. I learned on that first visit why people worship the sun.... you will do almost anything to find that little sliver of sun to stand in for a few minutes 'cause it's cold and windy most of the time. The women were greeted to the smell of someone baking hot rolls and making hot beverages..... for many of them it would be one of their two meals that day.... which they consumed with gusto and smiles. Then the banking activity began.... the women had formed and named their banks, each having I believe 5 or 6 women each. They sat around tables carefully counting out what they would be required to payback as a portion of their loans and what they were required to save. I was fascinated with their hands.....turned deep brown by the sun, rough and often gnarled....even the young women. I discovered later that many who looked in their 60s were in their 30s or 40s.... or younger. These women were not numerate nor literate, but really smart and eventually were using calculators and took leadership positions in the group. They supported one another in so many ways and not the least being they had to kick in any money owed by a member who was not there that day.... a good incentive to make it each week and this incredible community developed. Once in awhile a husband or partner would appear to pay the client's share if they couldn't be there. Then the training in empowerment began, how to be and stay healthy and how to get your children an education, etc. The trainers were wonderful and it was a joy to watch. At the end of the day there was music and a little dancing.... Pro Mujer is now in a total of 5 countries and the success of the women and their families is fully documented. Over the years it's been wonderful to learn from these women (and their children) how much Pro Mujer changed their lives. Supporting this organization is one of the activities that reminds me how much good and kindness and generosity there is in the world. Jeanniemack

allison.leila

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pro Mujer is a great organization making a big impact in Latin America. Combining Microfinance, health services and business education is an innovative model and demonstrates that an integrative approach is the key to success. Their leadership and staff is deeply committed to empowering Latin American Women.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am continually impressed with the wonderful work that Pro Mujer is doing in Latin America. I will continue to follow them as they change the world!

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.

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".

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.

Mark43

Donor

Rating: 5

Pro Mujer is an organization that gives women pride in being who they are. Through small loans, primary health care and various forms of education including empowerment, Pro Mujer clients are lifted from poverty and become productive members of society. What is most important, is that by doing so, the cycle of poverty is broken for the next generation. I have been a proud donor to this organization for almost 10 years and have witnessed first hand how my investments are being used.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I AM IN CHARGE OF MY FAMILY'S CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.I HAVE SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF MY TIME SEARCHING FOR THE BEST CHARITIES TO DONATE TO. PRO MUJER IS OUR #1 CHARITY. BASED ON THE QUALITY OF THEIR ORGANIZATIONAL STAFF,EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS AND OPEN TRANSPARENCY OF THEIR OPERATION. I HAVE PERSONALLY VISITED A NUMBER OF THIER LOCATIONS IN MEXICO, PERU AND NICARAGUA AND WAS VERY POSITIVELY IMPRESSED.I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND PRO MUJER TO BE CHOSEN FOR THE AWARD. THE MORE YOU WILL LOOK INTO PRO MUJER THE MORE YOU TOO WILL BE IMPRESSED. THANK YOU....STANLEY EISENBERG