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I pledge my effort at the Bend Half Marathon on April 26 to bring solar lighting to families in Manipur

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Hello All,

I will be running my second half marathon in Bend Oregon on April 26th, and I want to take this opportunity to raise money for a cause through Milaap.

The Organization 

Milaap is a microlending organisation working in India. The end borrowers are the deserving, working poor of India –students, small businesses, families - who need a small amount of capital to get ahead and change their lives for the better. 
Milaap connects thousands of Lenders to borrowers through their field partners.

Lend, Not Donate 
You are not donating the money, but lending it to deserving entrepreneurs, home owners, women. They will repay the money back to you as per the loan terms and then you can either withdraw that money or lend it again to someone else and continue the cycle.

The Cause

In Kholep Vangkho village in Manipur, 31-year-old Lamneichong, a hard-working mother of 4, weaves traditional shawls and wraps long after sunset by the light of her solar-powered bulb. The money earned by selling these woven products pays for her children’s education. Earlier, Lamneichong wove in her spare time. Tending to 4 children all day while her husband was at work, most of her spare time was at night – without electricity, she couldn’t get much weaving done. A Milaap loan helped her buy a 45-watt solar home-lighting system, giving her precious hours to work and earn after sunset.

Many women and their families in developing areas of India need such solar lighting alternatives, to weave and earn, and study past sunset. In Manipur, India, Milaap and WSDS have partnered to empower such women to meet their productive needs, like solar light. Simple loans provided by Milaap’s lending community help these women buy 45-watt solar home-lighting systems with 4 bulbs that can light up adjoining rooms in their homes – the women can work past sunset, and their children can study. The cheap, renewable lighting opens up opportunities for a better future to these families of Manipur.

My Campaign

I started running races a few months ago, starting with a 10k and subsequently a half marathon. I want to continue to run, and also make it more meaningful by helping raise money for worthwhile causes. I begin this effort as I train for the Bend Half Marathon on April 26 2015.


Your Help

Use the links at the top right to lend any amount you wish. You may need to create an account first. You can lend as little as $25 (or Rs 500) If you want to learn more about Milaap, head over to their site (https://milaap.org) and read how they work and which loans are outstanding.

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