Dallas Philanthropists to Provide Microloans for Female Entrepreneurs in India

DALLAS, TX (TIP): 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.

Bina Palnitkar Patel - Trial Attorney at Greenberg Traurig Purva Jain - Architect with Richard Drummond Davis Architects Priya Bhola Rathod - Media & Lifestyle Guru Preeta Monga - Cultural Advcoate Ami Doshi - Founder of Milaap USA“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.”

The launch of a laudable mission for women empowerment in the vicinity of the International Women’s Day speaks a lot about awareness among women of what is to be done for women. It is hoped the Indian American community will come forward in a big way to support the new organization and contribute generously towards the cause.

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WHO: Mahila
WHAT: “Open Doors,” inaugural fundraising event for Milaap USA
WHEN: Thursday, April 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: DEC on Dragon, 1414 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207
DETAILS: Tickets are $100 per person, which include open bar and heavy appetizers. Event will also have a red carpet, silent auction, gift bags and DJ.
TICKETS: http://www.mahiladallas.org/tickets
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