LFP Re-Engagement

Dear LendforPeace Community,

It’s been too long since we’ve talked.  Way too long.

Our reticence has been our response to what has been a pretty tumultuous few months for the LFP team and the LendforPeace.org platform.  As you may have noticed, there has been a dearth of entrepreneurs posted on the site for the last few months.  We wish we could tell you that the reason for this was that there is no longer a need for micro-capital in Palestine; that unemployment levels and other poverty indicators have miraculously plummeted, giving way to pervasive self-sufficiency and unprecedented opportunities for the working poor.  We sincerely wish we could tell you this, but of course, this is not the case.

Some five months ago we were (quite surprisingly) included in a list of organizations being boycotted by a widespread and influential campaign in Palestine.  Ultimately, the boycott was lifted after a long process of clarifying and re-clarifying the LendforPeace mission to those boycotting us, the same mission you have supported since you first helped empower a Palestinian entrepreneur on our site.  While emotionally exhausting, the process of genuinely addressing the boycott undoubtedly reaffirmed the fact that LendforPeace.org remains as relevant and necessary as ever.

That said, we are excited to say that last week we officially re-initiated our partnership with entrepreneurs in the Palestinian Territories.  There are new entrepreneurs on the site, and as the LendforPeace community lends, new entrepreneurs will take their place.

Thank you for your patience over the last few months.  We look forward to this “re-initiation” process, and hope to have lots of news for you in the coming weeks and months, including updates from the field, as we try to compensate for lost time!

Thanks again for your patience and continued support,

The LFP Team

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