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$14,700 Raised
294% of $5k goal
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Ended Sep 8, 2014
by attacking poverty through micro finance. Our personal contribution is $5000 and to ride the Tour de Victoria in support of Opportunity International. The uptick? More loans in the hands of worthy borrowers. Will you help us raise another $5000? More ...

As we (slowly) mature, we have become increasingly committed to helping others lift themselves out of poverty through education and entrepreneurialism. Opportunity International is an organization where the "rubber hits the road". When their Regional Director, Jamie Hubick, explained to us that our target $10K would become $20K through the matching commitment of an anonymous donor, we were "in" - the math works for us! How about you?

Thank you for considering this - please read the story or watch the video to see the difference your $'s will make.  - Chris & Arleen

Raymond James

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Opportunity International provides access to financial solutions empowering people living in poverty to transform their lives, theirs childrens futures and their communities.

$180 dollars funds one loan, is repaid and re-loand every 3 months and helps mothers provide more meals, regular schooling, and basic santization for their kids. Families, communities, and regions are developing out of poverty because of this powerful tool that is recycled and multiplies. Read more

WOMEN represent an estimated 70% of those living on less than $2/day. Cultural and legal inequalities in developing countries create obstacles that prevent women from starting and financing new businesses.This leaves them more vulnerable to poverty, forced labour and violence.

Yet, women consistently show inspiring resilience and determination to find ways to break free from poverty. Many studies, and our own experiences, confirm that women with access to financial services can dramatically improve the quality of life for their families.

In families where women have an income, they have a voice in financial decisions, resulting in better nutrition, health and education for children.

When family needs are met, women are more likely to invest in their community.

When women have the skills to participate in public life, government corruption declines.

The gains that women achieve by accessing microfinance services are almost 3 times more likely to be reinvested in their children, providing a powerful generational multiplier that accelerates economic growth. 

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Level Ground Upcycled Shopping bag
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That’s the idea behind UPCYCLING. Level Ground Trading, a Victoria, BC based coffee roaster, has created a program to collect used coffee bags from their customers and have them made into stylish bags by Work Of Your Hand, an organization that helps artisans from developing nations find dignity and self-worth through work that pays fair wages. In an over-the-top example of supply-chain transparency, each bag even comes with a short bio on the person who sewed it.
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375 ml Olive the Senses
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Choice of olive oil and/or balsamic.
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Olive the Senses 6 Pack Sample
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6-60 ml bottles of your choice of Olive Oil, and/or Balsamic.
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Lazyboy Gift Certificate
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$200 gift certificate for Lazyboy Vancouver Island.
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Signed Ryder Hesjedal Wheelman T
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Signed Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Jersey
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2013 Garmin Sharp Team Jersey

Ryder discovered his true passion in pro road cycling in his mid-twenties. First came a 6th place finish in the 2010 Tour de France, followed by his historical 2012 Giro d’Italia win - a first for a Canadian.
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2-3 Nights Waterfront House On Sidney Island
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This amazing waterfront house is on an acreage on the incredible Sidney island. Access is by Water taxi, and the home itself is completely off the grid. With all the comforts of home you will enjoy an tranquil weekend away.

"specific dates to be arranged with owner".

September and May, with September/October/April/May preferred.

bed configuration as follows:
· 3 private bedrooms, each for 1-2 people
· 1 private bedroom with a double bed + single upper bunk bed, 1-3 people
· open loft with mattress sleeping capacity for 2+1
· living room window seat – usable as single bed
· maximum shared-bedroom occupancy 13
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