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October 15, 2008

Before she got her microloan Emma Morales and her husband were struggling to survive. Both of them were day workers in rice paddies, and despite all their hard labor, they could not afford to live. Emma and her husband were so hungry they would eat scraps that neighbors had given them to feed their pigs. Without having any property, money or business experience she took out a loan from Negros Women for Tomorrow, Grameen Foundation’s partner in the Philippines. She used her 25 dollar loan to buy food which she sold as snacks and lunches on the sidewalk. She also bought a broken scooter which she later fixed up, and now uses as a taxi. Emma has been through several borrowing and repayment cycles; her business has grown exponentially. Instead of begging for scraps from her neighbors she now runs two roadside eateries, owns her own land, raises and sells pigs, rents out scooters, and has a convenience store. Thanks to her loan Emma was able to build her businesses and create a savings account. She has used the proceeds from her savings to send her sister and two children to college.

Blog Action Day is a chance for you to spread the word about urgency of eradicating poverty. Take a few minutes to register your blog and, then please dedicate your blog to raising awareness of Grameen Foundation and the urgent issue of global poverty.

More than 11,000 bloggers, reaching more than 12 million people will lend their voice to the fight against poverty. Join them.

Please help us spread the word on this important day. Visit the Grameen Foundation Press Room for resources about poverty, microfinance, and what we all can do to create a world without poverty. If you do not have a blog, please consider posting information about world poverty and Grameen Foundation to your Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn or other social networking site.

Help us spread the word on a wide scale about poverty, microfinance and Grameen Foundation around the blogosphere.

Thank you for all your help.

Comments

cool.

for my part, i turn to sites like freerice, kiva, and goodsearch, as ways to help alleviate poverty online.

it would be good if you were to come out with banners so that bloggers can post these on their sites. that's what i did for freerice, kiva and goodsearch. :)

saw this post via the front page of blog action day. it's great that you're participating. :)

Just made my donation on Firstgiving to Grameen Foundation in honor of Blog Action Day:

http://www.firstgiving.com/grameenruns

See also my related post on raising money online to combat poverty: http://www.onlinefundraisingblog.com/2008/10/online-fundraising-to-comba...

go to Free Rice! (a way to take action against poverty on Blog Action Day)

Hi,

I love that you're blogging poverty and providing the global community more exposure about poverty. The Save the Children organization is similar to you in that they are on a mission to help those less fortunate around the world.
I wanted to let you know about the More than Footprints campaign Trip Advisor is running to give away $1 million to five great causes, including Save the Children. Trip Advisor developed the campaign to give to organizations that are doing amazing work to help our planet and people around the world. The five causes were chosen by Trip Advisor members, and they are all fantastic! Money is rewarded to the 5 charities through votes.

I am particularly enthusiastic about Save the Children because I love kids believe in their mission in working together to help needy children in the United States and around the world through healthcare and education.

Will you write about this amazing campaign, and encourage people to vote for Save the Children! Please post the link to vote: :
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Causes-STC?m=11507

I will be blogging about the campaign through a Trip Advisor site (http://morethanfootprints.typepad.com/votesavethechildren/) and I would be happy to post about your blog as well. Please let me know if you would like more information and I'll keep you updated on the voting progress!

Thanks so much,
Wendy Huang

Blog Action Day was an amazing event. Never before had there been such an outpouring of ideas in such a short period of time. The tragedy of poverty will not be solved by governments or corporations, but by the will of thousands sharing their voices.

I am a great believer in the micro-finance activities of Grameen and plan to join the many supporters. My understanding of history is that progress has always come from the individual action of ordinary people at the bottom. The Great Leaders, Wars, and Empires usually retarded or prevented progress. But empowering small entrepreneurs to make their own way has always been the secret of wide-spread prosperity.

[...] Today is Blog Action Day

good to see this although 40 days are passed

This is Wonderful Site. Grameen Phone or Grameen Faundation is most important part is Bangle people. As a Bangladeshi I glad to get it.

i'm touched by emma's story above. i heard about mr. yunus winning the nobel prize for his hard work on grameen bank. but i didn't do further research on it untill today i saw an ads about microfinance on google adsense. i clicked on it and it led me to more knowledge about mr. yunus work. i didn't have the chance to participate on the blog action day. but today, i've put grameen foundation badge in my blog because i believe that grameen way will work in helping people to fight poverty. bravo mr. yunus.

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