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Loyola read-a-thon raises money for Haiti relief efforts

February 11, 2011

Fonkoze fundraiser on Nov. 11, 2010.

TheCenter for International Education, Women's Resource Center and University Ministry, announced that its read-a-thon fundraiser, which began in November when author and women's rights activist Sheryl WuDunn visited during International Week, raised approximately $1,300 for Fonkoze, the largest microfinance institution in Haiti. During the read-a-thon, 150 copies of "Half the Sky" were given to students, faculty and staff.

“The impact of that money will be multiplied many times over through the work of Fonkoze,” said Kristy Magner, international student services coordinator for the CIE. “For example, $1,296 could be used to help more than 50 women committed to working their way out of poverty. If each woman has a family of at least two children, then more than 150 Haitians will be helped by the money Loyola raised.”

Fokonze is committed to providing financial services to the poor and serves more than 45,000 women, while assisting in the reconstruction of homes affected by the horrific 2010 earthquake.

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