Live Below the Line Raises US$450,000 for Milaap.org and Other Charity Partners

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The recently concluded annual anti-poverty campaign, Live Below the Line raised widespread awareness and US$450,000 for charities across the world. Milaap.org, an online fund-raising platform that enables people around the world to fund communities in need of basic facilities in India was one the charity partners. For the first time this year, Milaap.org was part of the Live Below the Line campaign, had 125 participants, who collectively raised $12,000 for families in India.

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For the 1.4 billion for whom this is not a choice, Day 6 is not something to look forward to. There is no Day 6, or Day 60, for that matter.

The recently concluded annual anti-poverty campaign, Live Below the Line raised widespread awareness and US$450,000 for charities across the world. Milaap.org, an online fund-raising platform that enables people around the world to fund communities in need of basic facilities in India was one the charity partners. For the first time this year, Milaap.org was part of the Live Below the Line campaign, had 125 participants, who collectively raised $12,000 for families in India.

Anoj Viswanathan, co-founder of Milaap.org said, “We are thrilled to be chosen as one of the partner organizations, especially given the fact that we are a relatively small, and young organisation. We wanted to be part of this because we wanted to reach out to universities across the US and get more people involved in enabling access to basic needs at the grass-roots.” Funds raised by the participants financed microloans to India’s working poor, enabling them to attend vocational training classes, buy the raw materials needed to expand their businesses, access safe water and sanitation infrastructure, purchase solar lighting systems or meet other basic community development.

As part of activities organized around Live Below the Line, a student club at University of Arizona, Loans across Borders held a documentary screening of the critically acclaimed ‘Living on One Dollar’. The student group seeks to promote awareness and student engagement with microfinance, and hence chose to raise funds for Milaap.org.

Robert Marra, one of the participants who raised funds for Milaap said, “For the 1.4 billion for whom this is not a choice, Day 6 is not something to look forward to. There is no Day 6, or Day 60, for that matter. I’m immensely grateful to those who have donated to the Milaap.org.” Many of the participants chose to raise funds for the cause of water and sanitation and helped nearly 500 people get access to clean drinking water and hygienic sanitation facilities in the privacy of their homes.

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