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Lenore C. Albom Microfinance Giving Program

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Lenore Albom Impact Investing Trailblazer

One of the first institutionalized examples of impact investing was microfinance. Pioneered by Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, microfinance brings financial services to unbanked and underserved populations. Since its inception in the 1970s, the industry has experienced rapid growth and is estimated to currently serve over 100 million customers.

The promise of microfinance is one of empowerment – empowering low-income women and men through access to financial services to save, invest, and grow their businesses and to build assets.

Former FWA President Lenore Albom understood the power of microfinance in regards to how it can transform women’s lives, and her legacy continues through The Lenore Albom Microfinance Giving Program. In Lenore’s honor, the FWA has raised close to $100,000 for microfinance organizations – a fitting tribute to a visionary leader who initiated the FWA’s involvement in the industry.

With the funds raised in Lenore’s memory, the FWA has:

  • Helped Women’s World Banking fund the purchase of a bank in the Dominican Republic
  • Contributed to scholarships received by women leaders of overseas MFIs to attend executive leadership training seminars organized by Women’s World Banking and ACCION
  • Supported the rebuilding of Haiti through Fonkoze, USA.

*Contributions to the FWA of New York, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, may be considered as a tax deductible donation.

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