Dallas Philanthropists Host Fundraising Event to Provide Microloans for Female Entrepreneurs in India

Dallas Philanthropists Host Fundraising Event to Provide Microloans for Female Entrepreneurs in India

(Dallas, Texas – March 17, 2016) Five Dallas-based women have joined forces to create an organization aimed at empowering and mobilizing less fortunate women entrepreneurs on the international level. Called “Mahila,” which is a Hindi word that means “woman,” the group consists of powerful female community leaders: attorney Bina Palnitkar Patel, architect Purva Jain, media and lifestyle guru Priya Bhola Rathod, cultural advocate Preeta Monga and social entrepreneur Ami Doshi.

“Mahila, at its core, is an organization formed by women for women,” said Bhola Rathod. “Our goal is to best share our strength with underprivileged women to bring about meaningful, lasting change. Empowering ONE woman means impacting her family, her society and, ultimately, her world.”

The organization is hosting its inaugural event on April 7th to raise funds for struggling, low-income women living and working in India by supporting Milaap USA’s microloan program. Milaap USA’s mission is to promote financial inclusion for individuals and families through access to low cost funds in the following sectors: enterprise development, clean energy, water and sanitation, education and vocational training and healthcare. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from this event will go directly towards Milaap’s work in India, and every year Mahila will choose a different women’s organization to support through fundraising.

“We believe philanthropy is providing a ‘hand-up versus a hand-out,’” said Doshi, Founder of Milaap USA. “By empowering hundreds of thousands of India’s working poor to gain financial stability for themselves, we are able to tackle one of India’s most challenging causes of poverty – financial exclusion.”

WHO: Mahila, “Open Doors,” inaugural fundraising event for Milaap USA is scheduled for Thursday, April 7 at DEC on Dragon, 1414 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207. Tickets to the event can be purchased at: http://www.mahiladallas.org/tickets

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