1. Muhammad Yunus: Creating Businesses to Solve Problems - March 2013


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    Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of microcredit, the father of social business, the founder of Grameen Bank and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”

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    • Register Today for Five Talents' 2014 X-OUT Extreme Poverty Golf Classic


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      X-out poverty with a 9-iron! Join us for Five Talents' annual charity golf tournament on Monday, May 19, at Westwood Country Club, in Vienna, Virginia. All proceeds will benefit Five Talents' innovative micro-savings, lending and business skills training programs!

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      • South Sudan: How Financial Literacy, Savings Groups and Business Training Are Empowering Women


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        In February 2013, Five Talents Executive Director Sonia Patterson returned from South Sudan and Burundi with a hard-drive full of video footage and interviews featuring women and men in our microfinance programs. We’re delighted to share some of these interviews with you in a condensed, three-minute video focused on micro-entrepreneurs who work in a small community outside of Juba, South Sudan. You’ll meet women who grow cassava leaves, brew tea and coffee and sell daily staples at a market stand. And you’ll hear how foundational literacy and numeracy training through our partner Mothers' Union enables the micro-entrepreneurs to make better decisions about their businesses and their families going forward. “Before, we didn’t know anything,” Rose, a savings group member who lives near Juba, told Sonia. “But now in my business I can add and I can count and I can even make change.” Five Talents believes that women and men running survival businesses need more than a micro-loan. That’s why we work with our partners in South Sudan first to ensure these individuals have basic literacy and numeracy skills. We build on this education by organizing savings groups and providing basic business training in areas like marketing and accounting. Over time, savings group members begin taking out small loans. Together, these literacy, training and financial services ensure that micro-entrepreneurs have a much better chance of developing a sustainable business that can provide for their family and keep their kids in school.

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        • Powerful women of Gone Arty


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          Happy International Women's Day! Here are the powerful women Gone Arty supports!

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          • 1x1Microcredit - Microcredit in Haiti with Diyite


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            Some images of the clients of our local partner, Diyite, who benefit from microcredit and related activities.

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            • Rural tea stand Korotia, Bangladesh, December 2012.


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              A short clip/interview by Elizabeth Lim: Shot in Korotia, Bangladesh in December 2012, as part of an opportunity to visit businesses which the Grameen bank's micro credit programs fund for the poor in Bangladesh. This short clip shows a simple back alley one man operation tea stand, as an example of one of the many businesses visited on the dialogue program. "All of the borrowers that we met were incredibly humble and hardworking successful entrepreneurs." Videographer/Interviewer: Elizabeth Lim

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              • Ms. Trung


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                By providing women access to small loans, they are able to grow their businesses, bettering themselves, their families, and their communities, often lifting the community out of poverty. In this film, we see how Ms. Trung’s microcredit loan from joinFITE has expanded her family’s fishing business, which will provide the resources for her grandchildren to go to school.

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                • Ms. Ngan


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                  When women get a chance to earn an income, they invest up to 80% in the health and education of their children. joinFITE provides women, like Ms. Ngan with the financial resources they need, creating a ripple effect that extends to their children, grandchildren and community.

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                  • Nancy


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                    In San Diego alone, Foundation for Women has supplied over 500 women with loans giving them the opportunity to expand their own businesses. This is the story of Nancy whose microcredit loan has enabled her to take baking classes and buy supplies for her cake business. Soon Nancy plans to open her own cake shop, “Bake my Days”.

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                    • Syreeta


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                      Foundation for Women is the only organization in the US using the Grameen microcredit model to provide financial resources to women in need around San Diego County. The business training and mentorship that Syreeta receives along with her microcredit loan is empowering her with the knowledge to open her own skin care business and salon.

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