Small efforts to mideast peace

Small efforts to mideast peace

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One of the best things you can do is to help restore the economy. I've contributed to a small micro-finance group that's making a difference:

Since the death of Yasser Arafat, Americans have been hearing a lot about possibilities for peace in the Middle East. Despite global hopes for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, today, the majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are surviving on less than U.S. $2 per person per day, which is below the World Bank poverty line.

One organization working to improve the grave economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza is The Shurush Initiative, a nonprofit organization that funds loans to start small businesses in the West Bank and Gaza. Shurush, which means "roots" in Arabic and Hebrew, granted four $3,000 loans to Palestinian entrepreneurs this
fall. As a result, five new jobs have been created, and 17 total family members are benefiting. Donate now at http://shurush.org to help plant the roots of economic opportunity and to bridge the economic and opportunity gap between Palestinians and the rest of the world.

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