With just 3 days to go, the project requires more backers or else they will receive $0 to produce their final film! Here’s a note from the Director/Producer, Rachel Cook:
Thanks again so much for your generous support of The Microlending Film Project. Because of you, we’ve been able to chronicle the stories of women in Paraguay, India, Kenya, and Detroit, MI as we explore the power of microfinance to transform lives.
We’ve been editing now for over three months, and will work around the clock to have a fine cut ready in January. Thanks to Elizabeth Nicholas and Allison Baum, we also recently received some press in The Huffington Post – check out that article here.
We have good momentum going, but are very close to broke. I sunk all of my personal savings into this project after leaving a job as a Futures and Equities Trader because I really believe in the power of microlending to benefit women’s lives, and now that we’re on the home stretch, we need just a little more funding to complete our labor of love. These funds will help us complete editing, cover film festival submission costs, which can get expensive, and add music.
If we fall short of our goal on the December 1st deadline we get $0, so we need to spread the word about our initiative to as many interested people as possible. If you know anyone who may like what we’re doing, please share!
In conjunction with the The Microlending Film Project premiere, we’re also launching Seeds, a social game for mobile phones that facilitates direct microlending from your cell phone to the cell of a person who needs a loan in the developing world. A Duke Comp Sci class is putting the finishing touches on the gaming prototype, and we’ll be conducting user tests this December. We’re excited to be using game dynamics to bring microlending to an even larger audience, and financially empower more poor women in need as a result.
Thank you! We promise you we’ll do our best to make you a proud supporter of The Microlending Film Project as we work to put forth a quality, comprehensive film about the amazing things a microloan can do.
Rachel and The Microlending Film Project Team”