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Kay A17/07/2014 20:36:58
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Am I too late to get in on the raffle?

rosemary Rosenfeld17/07/2014 23:11:01
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Not at all KayKay! The draw takes place on 26 the July! Send me a pm!

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rosemary Rosenfeld22/07/2014 12:22:47
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Just to keep you all in the loop (and drop a hint in case you wanted to try to win one of my quilts!!) my running total for both quilts is £40.00 ( £27 for the Seasons and £13 for the jelly roll). The draws will take place this Saturday at the Fun Day being held to raise money for the Opportunity Group. It looks like being a really “fun” day so do pop in if you are anywhere near Worton, near Devizes!

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rosemary Rosenfeld23/07/2014 13:05:33
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Thank you Sylvia, your cheque arrived this morning!

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rosemary Rosenfeld27/07/2014 20:57:15
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I have made the first of the loans with the money raised yesterday! Here are the details

Rukhsana Kousar is 32 years old and married with six daughters. She is an inhabitant of Ali Park in Pakistan’s second city of Lahore. Four of her daughters are in education while two are not yet of school age. She pays 2,000 rupees per month for the children’s tuition fee. She and her husband are both working. Her husband runs a push cart from which he sells fruits and earns 12,000 rupees (around $122) profit per month on average. Rukhsana is a seamstress and earns by sewing women’s clothes. She receives orders from a representative of a boutique. She manages to earn 5,000 rupees per month on average. She has had this business for the past three years. Rukhsana requested a loan in order to purchase lace in bulk and also repair her sewing machine which needs attention.

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rosemary Rosenfeld29/07/2014 12:12:04
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I have just spent the rest of the money raised! Here are the details.......

Zubaida Khanum is 52 years old and married with two sons and one daughter. All of children have got an education and one son is married. Her husband is seriously ill and stays at home. Her two son works in clothes shops and they are earning around 20,000 rupees (about $204) in a month. Zubaida also contributes to her family’s income and does so by sewing ladies clothes. She sews different type of ladies clothes (known locally as Shalwar Qameez, Kurta Shalwar and Frok) and earns about 5,000 rupees per month. She uses a manual sewing machine and wants to replace it with a new sewing machine as her current machine is old and not working properly and therefore applied for a loan to finance the purchase. .

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rosemary Rosenfeld31/07/2014 13:20:07
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Just to keep you all in the loop..... we have just had repayments from our earlier Loanees...we have £6.00 ready for our next loan!

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Fiona01/08/2014 22:49:29
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Lovely, Rosemary! Such a worthwhile cause.

rosemary Rosenfeld02/08/2014 13:33:11
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Thank you Fiona and Isabella!

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rosemary Rosenfeld02/08/2014 16:50:58
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Here are the details for our latest loan.......

This is a loan for a group of 30 women and one man who are called the Djromahuton group. They are based in the Agla district of the capital of Benin Cotonou. The group members are all aged between 23 and 55. Many have children and orphans who go to school. The women members run a variety of enterprises, typically market stalls selling various products, hairdressing, sewing, and knitting. Their husbands are all generally self-employed as well. The group is requesting this loan to buy new stock to sell or using the money for working capital. AdomaÏ Agbohouto Mathilde is a member of this group and is married to a mechanic. She is 46 years old and has five children, all enrolled in school. She owns a sewing shop and she provides training to many apprentices. Mathilde would like this loan to buy haberdashery and cloth in order to meet her customer’s needs. She has been the chairwoman of the Djromahuton group for all the seven years that the group has existed. They have already received fourteen loans that they repaid successfully. She knows how to manage her group thanks to the training she received about management and savings from the microfinance organisation ACFB. In the future, she plans to increase her business. Since she started receiving loans, she has already seen her business growing bigger and as a woman, she has managed to buy a plot of land to build a house and is self-reliant .

Sewing shops need all the help they can get!!

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