Monthly Archives: July 2011

1st!: Film in Punjabi at Venice International Film Festival


Anney Gorhey da Daan ਅੰਨ੍ੇ ਘੋੜੇ ਦਾ ਦਾਨ (Alms of the Blind Horse) a film in Punjabi directed by Gurvinder Singh and based on the novel of the same title on the so-called Dalit theme by Gurdial Singh has been selected for the 68th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica – Venice International Film Festival – to be held from 31st August 2011 to 10th September 2011. This is the first Punjabi film to make it to an international Film Festival of great repute and that too in the Competition section. This is indeed a proud day for Punjab.

The film produced by the Indian National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) was shot in Bathinda in East Punjab earlier this year. It has all non-professional local Punjabi cast except the one main role played by Samuel John of Patiala.

how Grameen Foundation is helping the poor to come out of poverty


— On Wed, 7/27/11, Sandra Adams, Grameen Foundation <> wrote:

From: Sandra Adams, Grameen Foundation <>
Subject: You don’t want to miss this
Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 4:55 PM

Grameen Foundation
Dear poonam,

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You have an incredible opportunity to double your support in the fight against poverty.

Thanks to a generous donor in Dublin, Ohio, you have the chance to double every dollar given to Grameen Foundation. For a limited time, gifts to support our work to end poverty will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000 –meaning that with help from supporters like you, we can raise an additional $30,000 to fight poverty around the world.

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This started to change when Sudha took a loan of 10,000 rupees (about $225) from Cashpor, a microfinance provider that Grameen Foundation works with, to purchase a buffalo. Sudha was able to use the milk from the buffalo for her small tea stand near her home. In six short months, she has generated enough income to feed her family and keep her daughter in school.

She has also generated a new sense of self-confidence. In July, she volunteered to be the first savings-account customer in Cashpor’s new savings program — an innovative program created in collaboration with Grameen Foundation’s Solutions for the Poorest team. For the first time ever, Sudha, who has no access to a bank, has a safe and dependable way to save small amounts of money — 50 or 100 rupees at a time — and build security for her family.

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Sandra Adams
Sandra Adams
Vice President, External Affairs

P.S. This opportunity to DOUBLE your donation and DOUBLE your impact couldn’t come at a better time for Grameen Foundation. Summer is the hardest time to raise money to help women like Sudha. Will you help us maximize this opportunity with a gift today?

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