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Post by Tigger34 on Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:23 pm

Lend For Peace: Introduction, About, How It Works

Lend For Peace: From the Lend For Peace website: http://www.lendforpeace.org/content.php?MQ==

What is Lend For Peace?

LendforPeace.org is a not-for-profit Internet platform that allows individuals like you to make small loans to specific micro-entrepreneurs in the Palestinian Territories.
Our mission is to use micro-lending to promote economic opportunity and political stability in the Middle East.

Using our site, you can make a loan directly to a Palestinian micro-entrepreneur in the West Bank. We work with US government-approved microfinance institutions on the ground to deliver your capital along with training and guidance to low-income individuals who are interested in starting or expanding their own small businesses. Your loan is repaid over a set period of time as your micro-entrepreneur builds economic self-sufficiency, and a stake in peace for their family and their community. Founded by two Jews and two Palestinians, LendforPeace.org ("LFP") was created to enable people of all faiths and backgrounds to make a tangible difference in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by cooperatively addressing the often-ignored issue of economic inequality and Palestinian poverty.

LendforPeace.org is supported by grants from the Clinton Global Initiative, Ashoka Youth Venture, Davis Projects for Peace and users like you.

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Re: Lend For Peace News, Updates, Announcements, Discussion

Post by Tigger34 on Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:36 pm

Lend For Peace News, Updates, Announcements, Discussion

April 11, 2011

Dear LendforPeace Community,

It’s been too long since we’ve talked. Way too long.

Our reticence has been our response to what has been a pretty tumultuous few months for the LFP team and the LendforPeace.org platform. As you may have noticed, there has been a dearth of entrepreneurs posted on the site for the last few months. We wish we could tell you that the reason for this was that there is no longer a need for micro-capital in Palestine; that unemployment levels and other poverty indicators have miraculously plummeted, giving way to pervasive self-sufficiency and unprecedented opportunities for the working poor. We sincerely wish we could tell you this, but of course, this is not the case.

Some five months ago we were (quite surprisingly) included in a list of organizations being boycotted by a widespread and influential campaign in Palestine. Ultimately, the boycott was lifted after a long process of clarifying and re-clarifying the LendforPeace mission to those boycotting us, the same mission you have supported since you first helped empower a Palestinian entrepreneur on our site. While emotionally exhausting, the process of genuinely addressing the boycott undoubtedly reaffirmed the fact that LendforPeace.org remains as relevant and necessary as ever.

That said, we are excited to say that last week we officially re-initiated our partnership with entrepreneurs in the Palestinian Territories. There are new entrepreneurs on the site, and as the LendforPeace community lends, new entrepreneurs will take their place.
Thank you for your patience over the last few months. We look forward to this “re-initiation” process, and hope to have lots of news for you in the coming weeks and months, including updates from the field, as we try to compensate for lost time!

Thanks again for your patience and continued support,

The LFP Team

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