Every time we make a purchase, we are sending a message and making a choice. Even the simplest purchase is a vote. What you, the consumer, purchase drives companies to produce more. You vote with your dollars for what you want to see on the shelf. You have power!
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Angelita is fondly called Angeline. She lives near our Community Transformation Plant in the Philippines. One of our workers invited Angeline to be a volunteer in our Community Health Education (CHE) program. She helped us bring free medical care to surrounding neighbors and villages. She admits that at the time she was addicted to gambling. However, becoming a volunteer and spending time with our staff changed her life.
Shirley's family was struggling to survive. Her husband, Ramir, took whatever small jobs he could get to help the family, but without land, his only options were to work helping on a rice farm or a fishing boat, where he received a small share of rice or fish. The pay was irregular and unsustainable, so he made the tough choice to look for work in Manila and send money back to Shirley and the kids (ages four, six, and eight). In exchange for this sacrifice, they received $33.50 per week. That's just not enough....