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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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!

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

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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

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.