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Aishwarya Rai
Actress
Spokesperson for the International Year of Microcredit 2005

"Throughout my travels, I have learned that we can do much more to help women and children who are economically vulnerable. By giving low-income women access to credit and savings, they can increase their incomes, build assets and better the lives of their families. They are able to spend their money on what is important to them: medical care, better food and education for their children. In my home country of India, I have seen the beauty in empowering women. It is up to us to give them a chance and along with the United Nations and microfinance we are doing just that.."

Click below to view a public service video by Aishwarya Rai
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Asia Times Online: Aishwarya lights Africa with solar flair

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Fortunata Maria de Aliaga

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Fortunata Maria de Aliaga has sold flowers from a street corner. She learned about Banco Sol, a bank affiliated with ACCION International and with three other women, she qualified for a loan that allowed her to buy flowers in bulk. Read Fortunata's entire success story >>
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