Margoth was a woman who refused to be beaten by the natural circumstances of her daily life. In developing countries, women are often battered, marginalized, and left on their own through ignorance as well as a corrupt system. Children were the worst victims. Often left with no opportunities or ways to escape the extreme poverty of their surroundings, they were forced into gangs and abusive relationships. Until Margoth decided she could make a difference. “Because There Was Margoth” is an inspiring and dramatic story of how one woman, empowered with a microfinance loan, started a business, discovered her skills, and used her calling and her faith to make a profound difference in her family and communities lives.
“When something so small as a bit of cash and words of encouragement empower a single woman to embrace her dreams and share her gifts, a miracle occurs. The business prowess emerges, and the fortune becomes that of the surrounding community.”
“If you want to lift up humanity, empower women. It is the most comprehensive, pervasive, high-leverage investment you can make in human beings.”
— Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, from her book The Moment of Lift, published by Flat Iron Books.
Jeffrey Hartman is an innovative entrepreneur and author with a passion for helping individuals improve their lives through the power of Microfinance. The president of The CareLink Foundation, a faith-based non-profit that distributes Microfinance capital to individuals in the developing world, Jeff has helped people launch small businesses in desperately poor regions of the globe for over a decade. Jeff is also the founder of Thirsty Child, an organization committed to eliminating the suffering of children who lack access to clean, safe drinking water in the Third World.
He and his wife, Katherine, have two grown children and four grandchildren, and live in Naperville, Illinois and New Buffalo, Michigan.
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