Pro Mujer Launches Pro Mujer UK as it Seeks New Partners to Combat Poverty in Latin America

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Pro Mujer, a leading microfinance organization operating in Latin America for nearly 20 years, is now registered as a UK charity. Donations made to Pro Mujer UK, as the local chapter is known, will support the provision of credit, healthcare, and business training to poor women in Latin America.

Maria Navia, a Bolivian mother of six, uses loans from Pro Mujer to buy materials to make jewelry. She uses the earnings to send her children to school and make improvements at home

We are excited about developing new relationships with individuals and organizations committed to our mission, who want to help us replicate our successful model across Latin America.

Pro Mujer, a leading microfinance organization operating in Latin America for nearly 20 years, is now registered as a UK charity, an important first step toward securing new support from UK philanthropists and corporations. Donations made to Pro Mujer UK, as the local chapter is known, will support the provision of credit, healthcare, and business training to poor women in Latin America.

Lynne Patterson, Co-Founder and Director of Pro Mujer, said: "Pro Mujer is an international organization that merits global support. We know there are many people in the UK who are eager to improve the lives of women and their children in Latin America."

Maria Richter, a UK resident who is Board Chair of Pro Mujer UK, said: "We expect many opportunities to garner support in the UK because there is a growing awareness of microfinance and the power it has to transform lives."

Pro Mujer UK is one of the recipients of a grant from the Coutts Microfinance Pilot Donor Advised Fund. This fund was launched in September 2008 as a part of Coutts Philanthropy Advisory Services.

Pro Mujer UK has also received support from Anglo American Group Foundation to help poor women entrepreneurs in Peru.

Rosario Perez, CEO of Pro Mujer, said: "We are excited about developing new relationships with individuals and organizations committed to our mission, who want to help us replicate our successful model across Latin America."

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. Established in 1990, Pro Mujer operates in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. Since its inception, Pro Mujer has disbursed more than US$488 million in small loans averaging US$236. In 2008, Pro Mujer's services benefited more than 200,000 women and 1 million children and family members.

Pro Mujer clients have saved US$16.5 million, providing a financial buffer for their families in times of crisis.

Pro Mujer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1127028).
Pro Mujer UK is a local chapter of Pro Mujer, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

All donations to Pro Mujer from UK tax payers qualify for Gift Aid.

More information is available on the website, http://www.promujer.org

For further information, please contact:
Gloriana Guillen, Pro Mujer, gguillen@promujer.org, +1 212 952 0181 x14
Joanna Thorne, Coutts & Co., joanna.thorne@coutts.com, +44 20 7957 2650

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