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Chiapas International

Chiapas International is a non-profit organization that provides funds to help break the cycle of poverty in Latin America. These loans provide seed capital to women to start self-sustaining businesses in their local communities. Since its inception in 2003 Chiapas International has raised more than $5 million and has helped more than 242,000 women and their families take the first step out of poverty. RJOF has worked with CI since inception with program implementation and development assisting them in reaching their program objectives. Starting out in Chiapas Mexico, and then in Medellin Columbia and now Haiti, CI has been instrumental in raising the consciousness of donors here in the states to the condition of the poor, and then providing the vehicle by which affluent citizens can take effective action to break the cycle of poverty for millions of village women. (Chiapas is no longer in operation).