In this edition: We announce a new co-leader in the Northwest region, learn about Indego Africa, our June program, and connect with some past programs.
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Aftershocks and aftermath

Our thoughts and prayers are with our programs, their staff and the women and girls they serve in Nepal. So many have been impacted and the worst may be yet to come. Women will bear the brunt of the loss and rebuilding of homes, lives, and businesses. Beth Ellen Holimon, executive director, explores this burden in her blog post this month. And keep watching Facebook and Twitter, where we will keep you in the loop as we have information from our programs on their situations. 

Read Beth Ellen's full blog post

June Featured Program

Indego Africa, Rwanda

Indego Africa is a social enterprise in Rwanda that empowers women through training and education. Female artisans learn skills in both their craft and business and are able to sell their products through a highly successful online marketplace. Some of these women emerge as entrepreneurial leaders and to help them fulfill their potential Indego Africa developed the idea of the Leadership Academy.

Our grant will fund the Leadership Academy for two years and provide 106 women — 100 students, four teachers and two teaching assistants — with the knowledge and skills to excel as independent businesswomen and drive economic and social progress in communities across Rwanda.

More about the program
Hangout with Indego Africa on June 5 at 2 p.m. - Register to get updates and live link via email
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NEW REGIONAL CO-LEADER: Memory Blodgett has accepted the role of co-leader in the Northwest Region, working alongside Alissa Johnson. Memory lives in Boise, ID, where she has been an active DFW member since 2011. Memory is the author of numerous books and articles on business and workplace issues, including sexual harassment, management training, and business development.  She now divides her “retirement” time between Boise and Spokane, WA. “DFW was waiting for me, to give my life purpose and meaning,” she says. “Every step has brought me enlightenment and reward." 

Memory replaces Theresa Beaver, who had served as co-leader of the region since August 2014. Alissa Johnson says: "As a chapter leader in Moscow, ID, she had done a wonderful job helping DFW grow in her area and brought that same energy to the regional leadership role. She helped us develop a growth plan for the NW region that we are now implementing, and was recently part of the Burma travel program. We are sorry to see her step down in the regional role, but she'll continue to lead her local chapter and share her love of DFW."
Co-leaders Leslye Heilig and Ruth Bates hosted the first Northeast Region chapter leaders' retreat in April. Thirty-four women attended and, Leslye reported "it was a truly wonderful experience meeting each other from all over our region and sharing experiences." The program included two speakers — DFW Co-Founder and Board Chair Barb Collins and Abbie Von Schlegell, a chapter member in the Berkshires who is a consultant on women and philanthropy. In addition to a lot of hard work, apparently there was also a lot of great food. Said Leslye, "Actually should have been called Grazing for Women!"
Program Connections
ON-DEMAND/RIPPLE Africa Using a Changu Changu Moto stove, designed and implemented by our May program RIPPLE Africa, uses 66 percent less wood than the traditional three-stone fires. That produces less dangerous smoke to be inhaled, saves between 7 and 10 hours of women's time to collect the wood each week, and is a step toward trying to reset the environmental balance and slow down the deforestation in Malawi. Learn more on our Hangout with RIPPLE Africa's Kay Yoder. Check it out.
AFTER EBOLA: Part Two of our series on life in West Africa after the Ebola Outbreak looks at the issues exposed as the outbreak took hold of the region. Mali has found many weaknesses in its health care system and preparedness for normal operations, much less critical outbreaks. Read more. 
OUR GIRLS: In 2014, we funded a scholarship program for five young tribal women in Thailand to complete four years of higher education. The women would then return to their villages, armed with degrees in healthcare and childhood education. We've received brief bios of the five girls whose futures we are investing in. Read the blog post.
ON-DEMAND/RECONNECTING: In August 2009, Dining for Women granted $18,437 to a small non profit providing support to farmers in Rwanda. Today, that program has grown from serving 25,000 farmers in two countries to a projected 305,000 farmers by the end of this year in four countries. We had a conversation with Briehan Lynch of the One Acre Fund to find out how they did it and to talk about the impact of our investment in them. This is the first in a series of Impact Hangouts to re-connect with past programs. Watch on-demand.
PROGAM TWEETS: Like a lot of us, you may be confused by Twitter. But for many internationally, Twitter is the preferred communication method. That's one reason why you find a lot of information about our programs is posted on Twitter. To help you stay in touch (without having to figure out Twitter for yourself), we've got a page with a dynamic feed of tweets from our programs. Check it out.
Cause Marketing
NEW TO CAUSE MARKETING: We have a new partner in our cause marketing program. The Women's Peace Collection, owned by DFW member Sue Fish, is an online fair trade marketplace for jewelry, scarves, baskets, bags and more made by women rebuilding their lives after war, civil strife or to rise above poverty. Learn more about the program and check out their offerings. 

Also, there's a new option for groups wishing to purchase Betsy Teutsch's book 100 under $100. You can now get a discount for bulk sales of five or more copies. You can contact Betsy directly for bulk sales. For more about the book or to purchase individual copies, visit our cause marketing page
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TRIP: Trip leader Patricia Andersson takes a look at the many facets of the recent trip and some great memories from the journey. There's also a photo galllery! Check it out and read all the blog posts from the DR.
DFW YOUR WAY: Have you discovered our customized emails yet? Dining for Women is building up our blog and online content throughout the month. Have a topic you are particularly interested in? You tell us what it is and we send you an email when content is posted that matches your interests. It's easy and it's totally in your control. The easiest way to activate this is to scroll down to the very bottom of this email and click on update subscription preferences. Then you can select from any of the 11 interest-based emails we have set up. You'll only get an email when there is new content to share. But if you select more than one content area, you will get a different email for each one. We're excited to have this capability and hope that you'll encourage your members to give it a try as well. 
The Last Word
BANNER CHAPTER:  Eugene, OR, chapter led by Nicki Maxwell celebrated its fifth anniversary last month. Congratulations, to the downtown crew!
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