Last September I had an epiphany after reading a Kristof op-ed in The New York Times Magazine.
Here's the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/magazine/23Women-t.html...
It detailed the dire situation for women in many parts of the world, and how microborrowing - receiving a loan as small as $25 - can help to change a woman's life. Using the money to start a profit-generating small business, female microborrowers gain self-esteem and a greater say in their household and community affairs. Because the idea seemed so impactful, I wanted to learn more about it, so I traveled to Paraguay in November to meet some of these businesswomen and hear their stories firsthand. When I got back to Chicago I assembled a wonderful crew willing to donate their time and considerable talents to the making of a feature-length documentary that will span three continents. Our goal is to tell a comprehensive series of stories about women borrowers and their lives.
First, we will head back to the rural countryside of Paraguay to film female borrowers as they take on loans to start small businesses selling produce, handmade clothing, or, as you'll see in the video, hot dog containers. Later in the year, we plan to travel to Africa and Asia to meet more borrowers. This is where we need your help. Through the generosity of friends and family, as well as digging into our own pockets, we are able to finance the first leg of our journey, but we need additional support to make this a truly global project.
In this film we will explore how microlending affects women, how the system as a whole functions, and what improvements can be made to benefit more women around the world.
Please watch our video above and visit us at microlendingfilm.com to learn more about what we're trying to do. Every contribution makes a difference. Just as a few dollars can jumpstart a borrower's business, your small donation will help kickstart our project!
Please help spread the word: any emails, tweets, or Facebook updates linking to our Kickstarter page are appreciated more than you know.
Lastly, please note that the video above was created for the purposes of Kickstarter fundraising, and is not representative of the quality of the film we will ultimately make.
Thanks so much in advance for your support!
Rachel Cook, Lou Karsen, Stefanie Karlin, Steve Hiller, and Dom Mendicino
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