Pro Mujer Celebrates Service to More Than One Million Women and their Families at October 30 Benefit

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Paul Volcker, Harry Halloran and Barbara J. Krumsiek to be Honored.

Pro Mujer's package of loans and healthcare services are a lifeline to the everyday survival of many of our clients

Pro Mujer, a women's development organization providing Latin America's poorest women microentrepreneurs with microfinance, business training and healthcare, today announced its 2008 benefit celebration to be held on Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m., the IAC Building, 555 West 18th Street, in New York City. The gala celebrates Pro Mujer's 18 years of service to more than one million women and their families. Because of the devastating impact of the global financial crisis on Pro Mujer's clients, this year's benefit takes on particular urgency.

This year's award recipients are:

  • Paul A. Volcker, former Federal Reserve Chairman, who will receive the Pro Mujer Advocate of the Year award for his lifelong support for the disadvantaged and his dedication to public service;
  • Harry R. Halloran, Jr., Chairman and CEO, American Refining Group, Inc. and founder Halloran Philanthropies, who will be awarded the Pro Mujer Microfinance Partner of the Year award for his support of economic development and the empowerment of women in Latin America, and
  • Barbara J. Krumsiek, President and CEO, Calvert, who will receive the Pro Mujer Woman of the Year award for her leadership in advancing and empowering women and minorities in business worldwide and increasing the visibility of microfinance and sustainable and responsible investments.

Serving as Honorary Chairs are Robert and Luciana Duvall. Chairs are Helen Clement, Charles M. Herington, Avon Products, Inc., Monique Skruzny, MBS Value Partners, and Maryann Sudo.

"Pro Mujer's package of loans and healthcare services are a lifeline to the everyday survival of many of our clients," said Rosario Pérez, Pro Mujer's Chief Executive Officer. "The current economic crisis threatens already precarious lives. That is why a successful benefit is so critically important this year."

Gloria Ruíz, director of Pro Mujer in Nicaragua, will speak at the event. Pro Mujer in Nicaragua, recipient of the World Bank-based CGAP's Financial Transparency Award, is an outstanding example of the organization's integrated approach of microfinance, training and healthcare. With cervical cancer the #1 cause of death among women in Nicaragua, Pro Mujer makes sure that its members get PAP screenings. In one region, 686 women who were tested had pre-malignant tumors; all got medical treatment thanks to Pro Mujer.

Tickets are $500, $1,000 and $2500. Those interested in purchasing tickets to Pro Mujer's Benefit Celebration should call 212-972-2268 or email tmevents @

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 microfinance institutions in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. Since its inception, Pro Mujer has disbursed more than US$488 million in small loans averaging approximately US$286.

Pro Mujer clients have saved US$16.5 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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