Pro Mujer Celebrates Service to Over One Million Women and Their Families

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Citi and its Global Director of Microfinance named Microfinance Partner of the Year; Western Union CEO named Woman of the Year.

Pro Mujer is transforming the lives of women and their families. Our goal is to provide services to the many thousands of women in Latin America who so urgently need them

Pro Mujer, an international development organization providing Latin America's poor women microentrepreneurs with microfinance, business training and healthcare, today announced its October 22, 2007, benefit celebration at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, in New York City. The event celebrates Pro Mujer's 17 years of service to more than one million women and their families.

Citi and its global director of microfinance, Bob Annibale, and Western Union's president, CEO and director, Christina Gold, will be honored at the event.

Citi and Mr. Annibale will be awarded the Pro Mujer Microfinance Partner of the Year award for their support of economic development and the empowerment of women in Latin America.

Ms. Gold will receive the Pro Mujer Woman of the Year award for her outstanding support of women and the global communities in which they live.

Chairing the event is Rosario Perez, founder and owner of R.P. Advisors LLC, with co-chairs Stephen R. Downes, executive director of Cushman & Wakefield, and Jonathan Weiss, head of investment banking for Wachovia Securities.

Serving as Honorary Chairs are Salma Hayek, Placido Domingo, Benjamin Bratt, Talisa Soto, Robert and Luciana Duvall, and Maria Elena Lagomasino.

Flora Callisaya, a client of Pro Mujer in Bolivia, will be a special guest at the event and will speak about her experiences accessing Pro Mujer's loans, savings accounts, healthcare and training. Six years ago Ms. Callisaya used her first loan from Pro Mujer to start a printing and photocopying business. With her increased income and savings, she bought her own land and a house. Thanks to Pro Mujer, she gets regular PAP smears, and physical exams and vaccinations for her and her children.

"Pro Mujer is transforming the lives of women and their families. Our goal is to provide services to the many thousands of women in Latin America who so urgently need them," said Lynne R. Patterson, Pro Mujer's co-founder and director.

Those interested in purchasing tickets to Pro Mujer's Benefit Celebration or enquiring about sponsorship opportunities should call 212-972-2268 or email

About Pro Mujer
Pro Mujer is an international microfinance and women's development organization that offers financial services, business training and healthcare to poor women in Latin America, helping them to achieve economic security and improved health.

Pro Mujer has presence in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. Since its inception in 1990, the organization has disbursed more than US$327 million in small loans averaging approximately US$189.

Pro Mujer clients have saved US$12 million, providing a financial buffer for their families in times of crises.

Pro Mujer is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. More information is available on the website,

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