A mission for women

iZōsh® is an organization of women dedicated to the economic empowerment of women globally who are living in extreme poverty. By giving micro-loans to these women, we help them to lift themselves out of extreme poverty and reduce the risk of oppression and exploitation in their lives.

iZōsh meetings are intergenerational gatherings open to women of all ages, faiths and beliefs. You can commit to becoming a member by clicking here and filling out a membership form.

We connect around tables with great snacks, informal conversation, and many opportunities to participate in the night’s activities. Together we learn as we hear from expert speakers on issues that women living in extreme poverty encounter. Next, we give to chosen loan recipients during rounds of voting and then loans are funded in real time at the Event. Finally, we… celebrate! Though the Event is filled with reflective and somber moments, you will hear cheers, clapping, and see creativity fueled by the joy of empowering women.

We gather twice a year – in the spring and the fall for our Events. Stay tuned for our Spring date to be announced!

Friday, November 19th 46 women gathered to grant micro-loans to women living in extreme poverty and celebrate the difference we can make in the lives of women who need it most!

$10,385 was donated that went to funding 29 loans for women living in extreme poverty. That brings our lifetime chapter total to $38,437 loaned to 135 individual women! Behind every number is a face, a name, a business built – a hope for a better tomorrow! 

We learned from our keynote speaker Deb Ellinger, native Detroiter and Director & Founder of Elli’s House, a nonprofit serving homeless & runaway women involved in human trafficking in the city of Detroit. While working with teen girls who were consistently running away from home, she saw a clear need for a shelter in the city. Out of this need, Deb began Elli’s House in 2017. What began as an attempt to fill a need, has grown into a full non-profit organization. Today, they have a two-year residential shelter program, a middle school mentoring program, and they provide food, hygiene, and clothing to survivors weekly through street outreach. You can learn more by visiting their website at www.ellishouse313.org.

Due to the support of Redeemer’s mission fund 100% of the money raised is used to fund micro-loans. All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a tax receipt from iZōsh Birmingham via email in early 2022.

Many women in extreme poverty live in areas where banks are not available or will not lend to the poor. A small loan allows her to establish a business, transforming her family’s lives with a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.” When she repays her loan, the money gets re-invested in a new loan so the cycle of supporting women continues.

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Questions or comments, please email us at izosh.birmingham@gmail.com


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