Why I Support Grameen America: Meet Lexie

 
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As a very young woman, I knew that I wanted to work in the business world. I wanted a career like my mother, who combined her expertise in her industry with her desire to champion causes that lift people. It was not until I gained my own firsthand experiences in business, and discovered a unique organization, that my own greater purpose become clear—to empower women in business.

While many women can have it all, for others the cards are still stacked against them. As a supporter of Grameen America over the past years, I am able to support women entrepreneurs who are offered a fair and equal shot at their goals. I have seen firsthand how women have turned an idea and a $2,000 loan into successful businesses, like auto repair shops, hair salons, and jewelry stores. All they needed was someone willing to take the chance on them.

When I look at how I spend my time and resources, it is important to me that a significant portion is dedicated to supporting Grameen America. For me, this has manifested through various peer fundraisers, like my recent 30th birthday party. I worked closely with the organization to make my fundraising efforts to my friends, family and associates more powerful, such as leveraging their text-to-give option for a raffle. I believe that your wallet is just one way to help organizations you are passionate about—you can also share your ideas, your time, and your network to help that organization grow.

Grameen America is truly a unicorn of an organization—one that combines empowering women with a sustainable economic model. This means that for every $1 donated, the organization turns that into $12 over 10 years since the loans are repaid and reinvested over time. The Grameen America model serves as a very practical solution to wealth inequality, a global phenomenon that will continue to run rampant if we do not solve it ourselves.

I have supported Grameen America for several years and plan on continuing to spread their impact with my community and beyond.

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Lexie pictured with Grameen America member, Susana at her hair salon in Jackson Heights.

Zoe Simbolon