Saturday, November 15, 2008

Microloan Cards

(This is the front and back of the card.)

Eastside Women of Purpose are selling Microloan Cards again before Christmas. They are $25 a piece (or you can feel free to pay more for them). We sold these cards last year and 30 girls were freed from the sex industry in Pattaya, Thailand because of it. 30 WOMEN!!

It costs a little bit more than $100 for a girl in Pattaya, Thailand to start her OWN business and be freed from the sex industry. Some are slaves, some are their because of their economic status, some were tricked into this life, some were born into it... I believe that these young women deserve a chance to start life anew. I believe that they deserve the opportunity to live without oppression, without being forced to have sex with between 5 a 30 men a day. I believe that through business training and mentorship, and a low interest microloan, these women can succeed in truly LIVING! The other cool part is that the after the women pay the loan back, the money is recycled and given to another candidate from the training program. Your money can help countless women!

I know that I often feel like problems like Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery are impossible for me to fix. That's true. But it is not impossible for all of us to gather together and make a difference. I love these cards because they offer girls who are treated as commodity hope... instead of spending my money on just another gift, I can put it towards something that matters... someones LIFE. I feel that it is my duty to help other women that were not given the same chances and opportunities that I have been given.

Please consider joining me in helping. I know that there are a lot of worthy causes out there. If not this project, please give to SOMETHING. We CAN make a difference in someones life. I love this particular project because we have the opportunity to track where our money is going and actually see (and soon meet) the people we've helped. Pretty cool.

So... if you are interested in purchasing a card (or more), please comment and include your email address. I will send these cards to you and you can mail a check to me. The cards fit into a standard envelope or can be wrapped up as a gift.


Kara H said...

Hello Marisa!
Could I copy the picture of the cards to post on my blog?? I would like to do a post about this too! :)

marisabutterworth said...

Sure! Go for it!

Heather Becerra said...

Marisa, I'd like one of these! My sister's birthday is coming up, and this will make a great piece of her gift. My email is

If you or Jesse will be around OCC at all over the next couple of days, I work down the road, and could zip up to do bitness--and there's always Sunday too. Let me know what works for you. Thanks for a very cool gift idea!