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Dinner benefits micro-loans for displaced women in Colombia

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From page A7 | October 17, 2013 |

“Achieving Our Dreams” is the theme of a fundraising dinner for Funbichoco of Davis from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Davis Community Church Fellowship Hall, 421 D St. in downtown Davis. The organization provides micro-loans for displaced women in Chocó, Colombia, to help them get on their feet economically.

“In less than two years, more than 30 small groups in Chocó and Medellín have formed to establish ‘community banks,’ ” a news release said. “These self-administered institutions pool the savings of their members, offer small, low-interest business loans, and provide a forum where members learn to manage their own affairs and build group unity.

“As of September, approximately 600 women benefit from this program. They learn how to organize and administer their community banks, gain new knowledge by dealing with the challenges that arise, strengthen their social networks, and serve their communities,” the release continued.

“This year, as in the last six years, we celebrate the realization of dreams that seemed impossible when we started. For this reason our theme this year is ‘Achieving Our Dreams.’ ”

This year’s event will feature Colombian filmmaker Juan Mejia, who has produced films documenting the lives of forcibly displaced Afro-Colombians. His most recent film, “The Battle for Land,” will provide the basis for a conversation with Mejia at the dinner.

Traditional music from Mexico will be performed by Son del Centra.

A donation of $35 per person is asked; all proceeds will go to the project. For more information, visit www.funbichoco.org, email adrianaelisap@yahoo.com or call 530-902-5990.

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