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Friday, February 25, 2011

A Woman To Woman Look at OPPORTUNITY INTERNATIONAL

As February draws to a close, we asked one of our team members, Jasmine, young, very aware of global, social issues and raising a daughter by herself, how she relates to the women in developing countries that are supported by Opportunity International, our Organization Of The Month. Here her thoughts:

Everybody knows our country is in financial crisis. It's nearly impossible to escape the daily news reports on our own economic downfall. But what about our brothers and sisters in developing countries around the globe? If we all expanded our attention toward a more global focus, we would see that we are not alone. In fact, we would realize that many families are struggling much more than us here in America. From the estimated 1.3 billion people in poverty, 70% are women.
This is a statistic I can personally relate to. As a single mother, daily survival in our economy is a tricky game to play. Luckily there are organizations such as Opportunity International, who work hard to support women in poverty by providing small business loans through micro-finance institutions. This empowers women to invest in themselves and their families. Women by nature have an entrepreneurial spirit, particularly single mothers like myself. When the plummeting economy came knocking on my door I did not invite it into my home! I did what many women in this country do. I became self-employed. This is not a simple task to succeed at alone, but there are thousands of possible jobs which one can do in order to sustain a self-employed income. For me, I chose to work in the domestic services industry. The trick is to be as versatile as possible! I've been a nanny, a housekeeper, in home senior care, special needs caretaker..... the list goes on. I also use my creative abilities to make and sell crafts around my community. Where there's a will there's a way. 
It is exactly that kind of "can't knock me down" spirit that Opportunity International sees in the women who they help. Studies show that when given the chance to build and expand a business, women will reinvest their income into their families and their communities. This makes perfect sense to me. Women will go to the ends of the earth to provide for their family and their "village". Is it possible that women could be our greatest investment in ending global poverty? Opportunity International believes this to be true, and I do as well. Since I became self-employed 3 years ago, the quality of my life and my family's life has greatly improved. Aside from having better financial stability, I have gained more freedom in my schedule, giving me the ability to be more involved in my child's education, to spend more time bonding and watching her grow and to be a bigger part of my entire family. I am living proof that when people extend a branch of faith in our abilities to build a sustainable business, anyone within our reach can benefit from the outcome. Take Rosemary Namande for example, AKA "Mama Rosemary". Mama Rosemary is an educator in Uganda, Africa and is one of the many women who realized her dream with the help of Opportunity International. She was able to open an elementary school that also serves as an orphanage to the staggering numbers of children in poverty. Rosemary has said, "Love for children is deep in my heart, God has blessed me with the ability to care for hundreds of them". Without the help of micro-finance institutions, like those affiliated with Opportunity International, Mama Rosemary may have never been able to open her school and most, if not all of the children she cares for, would be helpless and homeless. Visit the Opportunity International website at http://www.opportunity.org/ to read more of their success stories. If you would like to contribute to Opportunity International, simply become a ShopAnthropist like me by visiting http://opportunity.nonprofitshoppingmall.com/shop/apps
 Jasmine
jgallo@nonprofitshoppingmall.com

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

ShopAnthropists, You Can Help Christchurch Quake Victims!

Dear ShopAnthropists!

As we are writing this, after shocks are happening and ever more frightful images of the enormous quake devastation in Christchurch, New Zealand, are flickering across TV and the internet. Dozens have died, hundreds or thousands are injured. The NonProfitShoppingMall team is based in Southern California and we are all too familiar with earthquakes and our hearts go out to our friends in New Zealand.
ShopAnthropists can help! We have several organizations that are on their way to Christchurch. Anytime you shop online, you can help!

Here the organizations that will be able to make a difference:

Better The World
Do Something,
Doctors Without Borders-Medecins Sans Frontieres,
Unicef

Just click on their names to get to their EZ Shopper Apps or their shops.

Thank you for being a ShopAnthropist!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Groupon + YOU = LOVE!

Dear ShopAnthropists!

We are thrilled! Groupon invited ShopAnthropists to participate in their February Action: Groupon+YOU=LOVE.

For starters, the Daily Deal Giant is spreading a little more love this
month with higher payouts. If you sign up on Groupon anytime between now and the end of the month, Groupon will earmark up to 7.5% of your transaction to your organization!
And making the deal even sweeter: refer a friend to Groupon and earn 10 Groupon bucks yourself for each friend signup!  There's no limit on how much you can earn!

We love Groupon because they offer amazing deals, up to 90% off retail prices, on an enormous variety of goods and services. All the offers take place in your city so you can explore great restaurants, shops and services - for example today, you can get eyelash extension for $85 instead of the regular price of $239 in Newport Beach, CA.
Share the news on Facebook, invite friends to join you, it's all very easy. Groupon grew from 2 million users two years ago to over 50 million users now. They are doing something right!

Thanks for being a ShopAnthropist!

Monday, February 7, 2011

ShopAnthropy for Valentine's Day

Dear ShopAnthropists,

Just one week to go! Valentine's Day is an opportunity to show your loved ones you care or spend money on roses, chocolates and teddy bears. But no matter how you may feel about Valentine's, American Express just released the results of their January 2011 market research into spending habits for February 14th:



Valentines Will Spend $189— Almost Three Times More Than Singles Do on Typical Date 
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The majority of consumers (64 percent) will be opening their wallets this Valentine’s Day, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker. Couples will be spending three times more than singles do on a typical date ($189 versus $67), many (27 percent) of which will be most motivated by the opportunity to spark some romance. A cranky 12 percent feel spending on Valentine’s Day is “a waste of money.” 
 See the whole story on Business Wire: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110207005525/en/Valentines-Spend-189%E2%80%94-Times-Singles-Typical-Date

We are happy to see that 88 percent feel that expressing love with a little gift on one day of the year is fun and worthwhile. As a ShopAnthropist you can make this gift count twice. Buy a gift online at our VALENTINE SHOP on nonprofitshoppingmall.com and your purchase automatically benefits your non profit organization.

Some of our retailers are very generous! Red Envelope, Shari's Berries and ProFlowers all offer a large selection of beautiful and tasty gifts and they each donate $10 to your charity for every purchase you make! Magazines.com carries hundreds of subscriptions at discounts of up to 86% of the newsstand price and they donate 17.5% of your purchase to your charity.

And if you feel that your love will last forever or you want to honor someone with a gift that truly lasts forever, give a tree!
I love this concept! TreeGivers concept states the following: Give a green gift that will last for generations, while also helping the reforestation program of your designated state or province.
Your gift goes to your loved one, your charity gets $12.50 and the environment and your tree will be there for hundreds of years.

Click the Image to Get to TreeGivers

Thank you for shopping and giving!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

We Welcome Our February Organization: OPPORTUNITY INTERNATIONAL

Dear ShopAnthropists!

For the month of February we have selected a non-profit organization that is fairly new on nonprofitshoppingmall.com because we very much admire what they do.
Opportunity International provides microfinance loans, savings, insurance and training to over two million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. 
In over 20 countries throughout the developing world, Opportunity International provides the financial and educational support needed by people who ultimately want to help themselves. We feel that it makes a lot of sense to give people a hand up instead of a hand out and Opportunity International does just that.

They do have a beautiful EZ Shopper APP, please click to get to the download.

Join our "We Are ShopAnthropists"  Community on Facebook and stay informed about all of our organizations.
Turn everyday shopping into everyday giving!

Thank you for reading!