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Moms First: Dining for Women helps women and girls through global giving circle

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There's over 8,000 members across the country that are changing lives one bite at a time.

It's a non-profit called Dining for Women with its goal to help transform lives.

There's three groups that meet in different locations throughout South Bend with one goal, helping women and girls all over the world through a global giving circle.

"It’s a fun way to do some serious good work,” said Corinne Blakemore.

Blakemore says she started hosting potluck style dinners about seven years ago with some friends for a good cause.

"You use your dining out dollars and you put it towards women and girls, they need us and the ripple effect of the money is incredible,” said Blakemore.

The non-profit Dining for Women meets on a regular basis in homes and various locations all over the country where they learn about women around the world that lives are changing because of them.

"A lot of these organizations are in the farthest reaches where there 10,000 people to one doctor places. So we do midwife training for women who need to give birth with clean birthing kits,” said Blakemore.

Their donations received help women learn basic math skills, literacy and provide cervical cancer screenings which is a major killer in developing countries.

"We heard from one of the women that once she started making her own money she stopped getting abused. Her husband left her alone. It’s not just giving the money its truly changing their lives." said Blakemore.

Blakemore says the recipe for success is empowering women around the globe to be self-sustaining.

"They learn to dream and get hopes, ‘Oh I want to be a doctor someday' and it’s wonderful," said Blakemore.

As of Tuesday, Dining for Women has raised $5 million.

For more information on how you can start your own group or join a group, click here.

Photos in the video above provided by Corinne Blakemore.

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