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Two Millionth Dollar Donors – Spring 2017 Newsletter

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SowHope donors Aimy and John Ross.

Aimy and John Ross have been longtime donors of SowHope. Over the past few years they have begun to increase their giving. After attending the 2016 “We Sow Hope” Dinner, they made a donation that brought SowHope’s all-time donations to just over $2 million.

The Ross family has made a creative model for their donations. Aimy is a Shaklee distributor and donates 100% of her profits from this venture to SowHope. She has also now made arrangements for SowHope to become a certified nonprofit online Shaklee distributor, meaning that 40% of all revenues from this channel will also be donated. Aimy urges anyone who wants to find a creative way to support SowHope to consider doing your shopping through the SowHope website.

Why choose SowHope for their charitable giving? The Ross family says “It’s a wise investment.” They see that women receiving microloans repay their loans faithfully and build microentreprises. Aimy feels deeply connected to SowHope’s passion for giving women the chance to make improvements in their own lives and in their communities. The Rosses cannot imagine passing up the opportunity to play a part in this great task.

Favorite thing about SowHope? Aimy enjoys listening to Mary tell travel stories after visiting project leaders and beneficiaries overseas. She’s inspired by hearing of both the plight of women as well as their success stories. “We laugh, we cry, and it’s wonderful to let these women know that we care,” says Aimy. She jokes that she donates to earn a better chance at an audience with
Mary. But jokes aside, she cannot wait for the day that she can be the $10,000,000th donor and is grateful to be able to continue supporting SowHope.

It Starts With One…

Change within a community starts with just one woman like Babati or Catherine, featured in this newsletter edition. You can start that change by donating $30 per woman for her first microloan!

Save the dates!

Honor A Woman Brunch – Sunday, May 7, 11am – 1pm
@ JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, MI

“We Sow Hope” Dinner – Thursday, September 28, 6:30pm – 9pm
@ Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI

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