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Total funding goal: $5,000

Total funding to date: $5,000

Remaining goal: $0

Total Donors: 36

DiscoverHope Fund

DiscoverHope creates dignified solutions for women in poverty through our Microcredit Plus Model. By combining loans with learning, we provide access to credit as well as access to knowledge. www.lendhope.org

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Celebrating the Joy of Motherhood in Cajamarca, Peru with a Fiesta!

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Date: 05/10/2012

General Status Update

Motherís Day is always a big event at DiscoverHope! 97% of the women we serve are mothers (or grandmothers) and May 13 is a revered Peruvian holiday. Family members from near and far will gather at Momís house on Sunday afternoon for a big shared feast. Often the first born child will begin the meal with a tribute toast to mom, thanking her and expressing the familyís adoration. And afterwards Ė music & dancing! Our 2nd Annual Motherís Day Celebration took place at HopeHouse on Wednesday, May 09. Take part in the celebration & experience their joy by watching this video: http://youtu.be/MX8gdRIrBQA. What a refreshing and gratifying reminder of why we dedicate so much time and energy into our village banking project here in Cajamarca, Peru! Our women are simply amazing and true testaments of what it means to sacrifice and persevere all in the name of motherhood. Our Mother's Day fiesta was an afternoon of pure fun and relaxation. For three hours, more than 215 women from 23 village banks were able to forget about the stresses of raising a family and running a business and simply laugh, play, and spend quality time with their fellow bank members. Women played familiar games such as the egg toss, the balloon run, and the three legged run. They also enjoyed artistic numbers prepared by kids who attend HopeHouse childcare services on a regular basis. The event culminated with a raffle in which we gifted two large baskets filled with rice, sugar, cooking oil, and other essential food staples. Organizing such an event was a huge challenge and required the help of our two Village Bank Promoters, HopeHouse Assistant, a Multicredit Intern, and our Program Manager. By the end of the day, we had filled 235 glasses of chicha morada (purple corn refreshment) and prepared 250 sandwiches, 300 appetizers, and 350 alfajores (small cookies filled with manjar blanco or dulce de leche). We thought it would be interesting to share the thoughts and opinions of our two Village Bank Promoters, Bertha and Graciela, about the event. Both spend the majority of their day helping our members manage their loans and savings accounts and organizing personalized business consultations when challenges arise. Due to the nature of the work, the two have developed a close working relationship with all of our women. ďToday was such an amazing day for me. When I visit the womenís businesses, they often share the hardships of being a mother. Many of our women are single parents with three or four children. In life we always need a moment to forget our problems and simply relax. Today seeing the faces of our women with smiles and laughter made me feel happy and proud to be a part of this incredible project. Happy Motherís Day to all of the moms in the United States!Ē -Bertha, Village Bank Promoter, Cajamarca "In Peru, Motherís Day is one of our most important holidays. A mother is the heart of a family. She is responsible for raising the kids, maintaining the household, and often the primary bread winner. Today I was happy to be a part of the event. I had so much fun planning the activities and dancing with the women. I am use to seeing our women hard at work at their businesses and to see them laugh, dance, and play is refreshing. Iím so appreciative that DiscoverHope is helping the women of Cajamarca progress and provide a better future for their children. ď -Graciela, Village Bank Promoter, Cajamarca




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