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November 30, 2009 | 6:14 AM

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During the holiday season, we hear reports about Black Friday, monthly economic indicators, and consumer spending. We analyze the competitiveness of Fortune 500 companies, whether Asia is buying US goods, which products are hot this holiday season. During the holiday season, we hear reports about Black Friday, monthly economic indicators, and consumer spending. We analyze the competitiveness of Fortune 500 companies, whether Asia is buying US goods, which products are hot this holiday season.

All while the poorest among us are working on even tougher issues and facing even thornier dilemmas.

"Should I give up on my business and apply for welfare?"
"What can I sell right now so I can get through next week?"
"How can I occupy my daughter so she forgets about getting a present?"

The poorest among us face heartbreaking problems this holiday season. Imagine if just surviving through next week were a more pressing issue than analyzing the success of Black Friday. Consider that going on government assistance, a first in your neighborhood, would be a bigger worry than switching from EU as a sales market to refocus on Asia. Deciding whether to buy your mother a mini laptop or a more comfortable larger model is an easy problem compared with figuring out how to assure your child that she is loved, even though she will not receive a Christmas present.

Let's put our problems in perspective this holiday season. Help our neighbors who have tougher choices to make.

Join us in alleviating poverty through microfinance. $1,500 can help a borrower to start a new business and begin solving those problems for their family.
Be part of the solution.

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