$40. That’s the average loan the non-profit microfinance organization Pro Mujer (which means “pro women” in Spanish) has made since 1990, totaling one billion dollars loaned out to 270,000 women throughout Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico, and Argentina.
Founder Lynne Patterson speaks with pride about helping poor women in developing countries discover their personal value. It’s amazing how little money it’s taking to make that happen.
$40 is the price of one fancy restaurant dinner in many American cities. How differently value is enumerated depending on where you are and who you are.
Perhaps the story can give us pause. What are we investing in every day? Many of us have no savings. Yet at the same time we’re buying designer coffees several times a week. Add that up. It doesn’t take long to get to $40.
What’s the best investment of all? Awakening. Perhaps awakening to how we might contribute in some innovative way, inspired by Patterson’s example. Imagine reading a blog years from now that extolls the social value of your own out of the box philanthropic venture.
It’s not impossible. It just takes vision, determination, and the passion to contribute. Fortunately, those are all natural qualities for humans. Getting in touch with them and acting on them makes the difference between being a spectator or a change maker in this game of life.