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Making A Difference

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This story appears in the January 1996 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

At a water pump factory in Mexico, Noel Irwin-Hentschel noted a remarkable difference between two women who were the same age and had grown up in the same village. One, who worked at the factory, "stood tall and had tremendous confidence," Irwin-Hentschel says. "The other hadn't been given the same opportunity, and her shoulders were bent over. She looked as though she'd given up."

Though Irwin-Hentschel brings in about $150 million through her travel business, Los Angeles-based AmericanTours International, her nonprofit organization provides an even greater commodity: hope.

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