For the past year I have been working on a book with Opportunity International, a charity that provides microfinance loans to people in developing countries.
In the book we share stories, mainly of women, who have succeeded beyond their dreams. They have taken their family and community out of poverty, with each loan broadening their scope and extending their impact into the community.
Take Linda from Ghana. In the past Linda sold bread from the top of her head. She baked loaves herself and sold about 40 pieces a day.
Thanks to loans from Opportunity International, her bakery is now huge.
With over 40 employees they bake 6,600 loaves a day. She sells to about a dozen grocery stores, with bread being delivered by five cars that she owns.
She also has over 100 women who buy her bread wholesale and then sell it themselves, creating an income for many in her village.
She trains and recruits bakers from the local villages. And she provides housing for all her employees – they live on the property.
See what I mean. There is a ripple effect that starts with a small loan.
This is just one of the stories in this book, Faces of Opportunity. Shaping the Future. Stories of Transformation. You will be inspired to learn how people are transforming their lives.
All proceeds from the sale of the book will be going back into Opportunity International so more people can benefit. The book is $25 including shipping and can be purchased through http://opportunityinternational.ca/faces or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.