Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Check out DiscoverHope's New Look!

Our New Look!
The spirit of spring is in full force with DiscoverHope. In this time of renewal we are excited to announce the launch of our new logo and new web site! Inspired by the hues of the Peruvian community and culture, our new brand reflects the vibrancy of the women and the hope they generate by participating in their own prosperity. Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it all happen: Andrea and the team at ThinkStreet, Adam at Creative & Sons, Eric McGregor and Tracy Kuramoto. We love our new look and hope you will too. Please visit the Web site and share the link – http://www.lendhope.org/.

Update from the Field
Microcredit: Executive Director Maggie Miller made her annual visit to the field in early March to work with our local nonprofit partner, Multicredit. We are truly proud of their integrity and work level. Seven new village banks have been formed in this new year! Our goal for June is 200 new first time loans.

About Hope House: Our HopeHouse women’s development center is the nexus of development training for the women. Every day in April, women filled the rooms with their desire for new knowledge. We’ve provided nearly 50 training opportunities in 2010.

UT Interns in Peru: We have two full-time summer interns from UT Austin working with us in the field from May – August. Amy Knop-Narbutis will be focused on business training and evaluation monitoring and Blake Messer will be implementing our Global Technology computer classes. For the first time DiscoverHope is meeting the voiced desires of women to learn computer basics and use tools such as YouTube to learn about artisan and jewelry designs.

Handmade with Hope
Our gorgeous women’s products went through an amazing face lift as our products team, led by Jen Lucas of Ethical City, developed the new packaging for our Handmade with Hope designs from the women artisans at our site in Cajamarca, Peru. DiscoverHope products will be available on May 30 from 9am-3:30pm at St. Ignatius Church. For those of you who have purchased in the past, we would TRULY appreciate your feedback about the products you bought as we hone in on improving the models and designs. Please take our 2 minute survey – we would be Grateful!

Spring Into Hope
Nearly 100 amazing DiscoverHope supporters gathered at Mercury Hall on March 24. Thanks to their generous support, we raised enough to sponsor 275 entrepreneurial trainings for our microcredit loan recipients. The trainings are a critical part of our Microcredit Plus model. Thank you to the 100 champions who gave the gift of access to knowledge to these beautiful women we work with, including event super-sponsors Winery on the Gruene and Cojo Catering.

Play For Hope
For the third year in a row, the incredible Baylor Women’s Soccer team held their annual Play for Hope soccer clinic. Despite the rainy wet day, the women coached nearly fifty soccer club youth ages 5-17 in a competitive afternoon of soccer best practices. The day was framed with laughter and giving as the clinic generated funding to support a village bank of ten women with their first time microcredit loans. We are so grateful that the women Bears so lovingly invested in the entrepreneurial courage of women so that they may create prosperity for their families and communities.

Taxi on Tax Day
Tax day brought a little more sunshine for the folks who attended the Great American Taxi benefit show for DiscoverHope in Normal, Illinois. Inspired by DiscoverHope friend Bridget Pleines of Groove On Music, the show featured the Great American Taxi family from Nederland, Colorado. For the past three years, the Great America Taxi has generously donated the proceeds from one show per year to support our work. Just one more example of people coming together for women in poverty. Absolute goodness!

On The Horizon
DiscoverHope is searching the heart of Mexico as we continue forward with our new site vetting project, investigating potential sites for DiscoverHope to launch out in 2011. Led by an ambitious team of volunteers, we are building a network of conversations and knowledge around community based organization that would benefit from the energy and resources of the Microcredit Plus Model. Stay tuned!

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