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Entrepreneur Focus: Dora Akeleye | World Vision Micro

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(Pictured: Dora with 5 of her 12 children)

Sponsorship & Microfinance Transforms a Community | World Vision Micro

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In the Beginning...

Entreprenuer Focus: Guillermo Pineda | World Vision Micro

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Meet Guillermo 

Tucked away in the countryside near Neyba, Dominican Republic, is a teacher-turned-furniture maker named Guillermo Pineda and his family of five. Guillermo went to school to become an elementary school teacher and started his career in teaching right after college. After many years of teaching, and doing basic furniture repair, Guillermo realized that teaching wouldn't provide enough income to support his growing family. He wanted the best for his wife Dania, and his three children, Danilsa, 16, Melody, 13, and Guillermo Jr, 10.

Donor Spotlight: Keegan Racey | World Vision Micro

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(Pictured: Keegan giving a school presentation about World Vision)

Entrepreneur Focus: John Kofi Atabio | World Vision Micro

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(Pictured: John Kofi Atabio, Ghana)

Buying your Dad ANOTHER Tie for Father’s Day? | World Vision Micro

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(Pictured Above: Micro loans offer support to small business entrepreneurs like Martin Alberto from Cuautlapan, Mexico. Martin makes and sells furniture and is seeking a loan to buy more tools and improve his workshop.)

If your Dad already seems to have everything, you might be looking for something different — a gift with lasting significance. Consider honoring Dad with a gift that helps another dad: a micro loan.

Leadercast 2014 - BEYOND YOU | World Vision Micro

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Remember Jacqueline, the CEO? | World Vision Micro

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At last year's Leadercast, Jacqueline from our Meet the CEO video was able to make a surprise appearance, all the way from Rwanda. She bravely took the stage in front of over 7,000 people and 120,000 others watching via simulcast and was able to share how a loan changed her life.

Here’s what she’s been up to since:

  1. She paid off her loan in full!

Hotsauce4Good, changing the world one bottle at a time.

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Bob won’t tell you this, but he is a superhero.  His family resides in New Jersey and by all accounts lives a happy life in the suburbs.  Bob and his family are also perpetual “do gooders”.  They don’t sit still and they are not satisfied with the status quo.

About nine months ago we noticed we had a new Twitter follower, HotSauce4Good.  If that name doesn’t spark curiosity nothing will, so we did a little investigating.  It turns out HotSauce4Good had helped fund over 26 microloans with no signs of letting up.  We had to know more.

We flew to New Jersey not knowing exactly what we would find, but when we got there we were completely blown away.  

Bob started a company called Hotsauce4Good out of his house. Then, he started selling his hot sauce and donating all of the proceeds to World Vision Micro and a local food bank, Franciscan Breadline for the Poor.

But he wasn't just selling it, he was selling out of it as fast as his family could make it.  He was growing the peppers in his back yard but couldn’t keep up with production, so he started sourcing peppers and other produce from Norz Hill Farm  and Hillsboro Farm down the road.

His church opened up their commercial kitchen to him so he could increase production  and they regularly have "bottling events" on the weekends staffed by church volunteers.

Tripp and Bob taking a break for a photo.  Tripp Crosby is a host of Leadercast.  You may also recognize him from a recent conference call video.

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