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Feb 2, 2011

Calling All Angels: MORE Project Media

Given my last post and the release of this new (tear-inducing) video from the MonaVie Village, I unofficially officially deem this week MORE Project Expedition Highlight week. Catchy right? Feel free to use it in a sentence today.

Here's the MORE Project's latest highlight video Calling All Angels with a specific purpose to invite anyone who wishes to participate to join the next expedition and experience every aspect of MonaVie's Operation Rescue in Brazil.

I unofficially officially encourage you to go and experience a MORE meaningful life.

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Jan 31, 2011

Change Lives, Including Your Own - Join the MORE Project March Expedition

Space is limited and time even more so, but if you want an opportunity to act on MonaVie's newest key message "A MORE meaningful life," then make sure you're part of the MORE Project March 20-27 service expedition. Spend a week at Village MonaVie and take in the programs and other life-changing offerings. Visit the Believers Project, a school offering a well-rounded education to the children of the favelas; the Mom's House, where children in otherwise high-risk situations live and receive love, attention and support; the Professional School, where teenagers and adults are offered the vocational training necessary to find employment and free themselves and their families from poverty.

Each expedition group completes a service project, including, but certainly not limited to, construction work, cleaning, general labor duties and helping out in and around the various schools - wherever the need is greatest. Life changing experiences are had by all, including those who's lives are supported, in every sense of the word, by the MORE Project.

Deadline for the March expedition is February 5. To apply, to this:

1.  Complete the MORE Project Expedition Application

2.  Make a Deposit

Be sure to specify your preferred 2011 expedition:

March 20-27

May 8-15

September 25-October 2

July 23-August 1 (Youth Expedition, ages 14-18)

Cost is $2,750 per person ($3,000 for the Youth Expedition) with a $250 deposit. Children 12 years and up are welcome when accompanied by a parent.

(2010 VIP MORE Project Expedition, photos by CFO Devin Thorpe)

I'm filling out my application now for the March expedition. Anyone care to join me in changing lives?

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Aug 10, 2010

MonaVie Distributor Focus: Sam and Lisa Milad from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia


Sam & Lisa Milad

Where are you from?

Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

How were you introduced to MonaVie?

We were introduced to Monavie about a year ago when Ruby Executives, Tammy Rail and Andrew Parker and Blue Diamond Executives, Judy and Darren Deschamps enrolled their children in our private Montessori Elementary School.

Our family had just returned from a trip to Hawaii where both my husband and I were so tired that we were not able to enjoy it the way we would have liked to.  I said to him, something needs to change because we can’t keep this pace for the rest of our lives.

Little did we know that the answer to our prayers was waiting for us upon our arrival home.  I received a message at school that Tammy and Judy wanted to meet with me.  They presented a flip chart, gave me a bottle of juice to try, and Judy shared with me that she was making an average income, at that time, of $5000 per week!  I signed up that day and went home to share it with my family.

I had never engaged in the business side of a network marketing company before.  But when I went home, the next morning I read the success magazine and was thoroughly impressed with Dallin Larsen’s vision, with his integrity, with his and Karie’s heart for the children and families in Brazil and with all the other testimonials that I had read.  MonaVie’s vision was very much in line with our goals for our children and family and I was deeply moved and I shared those feelings with Sam and we decided that we would like to join the MonaVie family.

Milad Family

What is your "why?"

By: The Milad Kids

We like to be together as a family, so our first why is we want to retire our dad so that he can spend more time with us.  He is a lot of fun but he has a lot of work to do so we don’t get to spend as much time with him as we would like to.

Our second goal is our school.  Our family owns a private school called “Children of Integrity Montessori Academy.”  It is a very fun school to learn at and the teachers are really nice but it costs a lot of money to run.  My mom and Miss Anita, our Principal, prayed for a miracle, and this year two parents introduced them to MonaVie.

Our third goal is to help out the people in need. One day we want to go to Brazil. Dad has been there a few times and talks about how wonderful Brazil is. We think it would be fun and we would like to meet the children there!  We also want to try the acai berry!  Two other places that we want to go to help children in need are Malaysia and Egypt because that is where our grandparents come from.

What is your favorite moment with MonaVie?

The MonaVie’s International Vision Convention.

Austin, Alexa, Anthony, Andre

Share your best business building tip

“Do everything in wisdom and in order.”

Create order in your home:  Money will mean nothing if in the end your family falls apart. Figure out what that means for your family and put it into place. Find a balance that is right for your family.  Then go to work at building your business.

Involve your children (since for many of us they are part of our “WHY”).  They can be amazing prospectors.  Who wouldn’t be intrigued if a five year old told you that you should be drinking some healthy purple juice because it is good for you!   Educate them with the product and opportunity and see what happens!

Develop relationships of trust.  This is relational marketing.  It is not how fast you finish the race, just make sure you commit to finishing.

Plug into events.  Attend as many events, tastings, trainings as possible.  If you are in an area that does not have them, create them.

Where to from here? Goals, aspirations, plans...

After we retire the “dad” of our home, and our school is able to flourish financially on its own, we want to reach out to schools and children in developing countries and help support them in any way we can.  We are blessed with amazing teachers and families in our school who would love to have the opportunity to do the same.

Spend time together and travel the world with our family looking for opportunities to serve and use the talents and gifts we have been given.  The children would really like to visit Brazil, Malaysia and Egypt.

We have each other and we have sufficient for our needs.  MonaVie is going to allow us to reach outside of our little world and do our part in making this a better place for others.

Jul 12, 2010

MonaVie Distributor Focus: Jesse and Stephanie Clooten from Bismarck, ND

All, this is a long story but well worth the read. I left Jesse’s incredible adoption story in his words, as they are most compelling and insightful that way. Thank you to Stephanie, his sweet wife for collaborating with me and sending all the great photos shown throughout the story.



Jesse and Stephanie Clooten

Where are you from?

Bismarck, North Dakota

How were your introduced to MonaVie?

Friends, Renita and Scott Brannan, approached Stephanie invited us for dinner and afterwards shared the product and opportunity. As we were talking, getting to know each other, they brought up The MORE Project. Our eyes lit up, as theirs did. I have been looking long and hard for most of my adult life for a charity such as this, with a cause so great…and there was a reason for my question for such greatness.

Tell us about your story and your “why”…

When my parents were just starting out as a young couple, they were like most new couples with very little money, no kids, and just their friends, family, and church for support. They have always been very strong in their faith and did their best to live their lives the way God would want them to. One night, my mother said she was awakened suddenly.  She sat up and there at the foot of their bed, stood what she described as “an angel,” who said, “Debbie, there are two small boys in Colombia that need your help. If you don’t save them, they will die.” She went back to bed with mixed emotions, and dozens of questions in her head. She had never encountered something like this, and thus, she couldn’t just ignore it.

The next day, she called her pastor at the church. She didn’t know what all this meant, but she had to follow through or she would never know. The church got the ball rolling on her decision to go to Colombia. They helped fund their trip to Bogotá, hired a translator, and aided in getting through whatever red tape there was. As you can imagine, there was plenty of it! There had never been a live adoption to the United States from Bogotá, so these people had to have faith to go into uncharted territory, with nothing more than a dream to go on!

My parents arrived at the orphanage, where they were surrounded by over a hundred children, all desperate for attention and adoption.  My mother said it was hard to visit them, and even harder to leave them. My brother and I were separated in the orphanage; I with the infants and toddlers, and John on a different floor with the older kids. My mom chose two boys at random. We didn’t know until we got back to the U.S. that we were actually blood related. My parents were later told that we had the same mother with different fathers. This was no surprise, as most orphaned kids had mothers who had been victims of rape, crime, drug addiction, etc. Many of the mothers were still teenagers and didn’t have a clue as how to take care of themselves or their children.


I don’t know who my biological mother is, but it took me some time to realize what a blessing her “abandoning me” really was. My new parents had just gone from having no children, flying to a foreign country, picking up two children with no known history, who didn’t speak a drop of English and bringing them back to their home. These people are the bravest of the brave!

On our flight to the U.S., I bit my mother on the neck, drawing blood and causing a scene. My brother and I had never seen or been on a plane before. When we got to the airport, we had pizza for the first time. No surprise that we ate it with such excitement we both ended up sick and throwing it back up.

A few years later my parents adopted my sister, Lacey, from Colombia and then came the birth of my “homemade” sisters, Kelsey, then McKenzie.

My parents did everything for us, even spoiling me to the point of rottenness! I was the troublemaker with the fancy clothes, cool toys, and as smooth talker, I got away with everything. It wasn’t until I met my wife, Stephanie, that I started to settle down and realize what a miracle my presence on this earth really was. We dated for six years, married and had Jaxon (5) and Harbor (3). It wasn’t until Jaxon was about the same age as I was when I was abandoned that it really hit me - how could my mom just walk away from someone so innocent, so sweet, so helpless?

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Jaxon Kindergarten

The thought brought me to tears. My wife sat up with me many nights, assuring me that my mother’s decision to send me out on my own was not taken lightly.  Maybe she was sick, injured, in a dangerous situation, etc.  She knew that whatever she could provide me, would be much less than what my brother and I could find on our own.

After many months of my dreams filled with nightmares and a pit in my stomach, I decided that the best way for me to “get over this” was to move on and try to pay forward what my adopted parents had done for me.  My wife and I couldn’t afford to adopt, and we already had small children of our own. The next best thing would be charity work. I worked on the boards of a few local non-profit organizations, but it was mostly helping older people with home repair and yard work. Although it was quite gratifying, it wasn’t satisfying my need to help other children like myself.

After meeting with Scott and Renita, you can tell why we were excited to hear about The MORE Project! Not only was it exactly what we’d been looking forward to serving, but it also had a great product that had already paid our family a priceless fee.

Now we have big dreams for our new business venture with MonaVie. We feel it will complete our lives and help us pay it forward.  In the words of Dallin Larsen, “If you’re blessed, be a blessing.”

While we’ve only been in MonaVie for three weeks, we’re already changing the lives of others, and thus, improving our own family’s life in the process.

Jul 8, 2010

More Miles 4 MORE Kids: Paul Meehan Focus



Valentina & Paul Meehan

Current rank

Diamond Executive

Where are you from?

Ashburn, Va

How were you introduced to MonaVie?

My wife’s friend bugged her relentlessly until she went and had a one-on-one with her upline Tracey Eggloff (Ruby at the time). She was turned on by the antioxidants and health benefits related.

What is your "why?"

To spend as much time with my two children Gregory, age five, and Anna, age three months. To not have to get up every morning and sit in traffic two hours in and two hours home. Building a legacy for our family and helping other families do the same.

What is your favorite moment with MonaVie?

Getting phone calls from people saying that the product has helped them or they are able to pay all of their bills and not just some of them. Going Diamond in the middle of a blizzard!

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There are no tricks to building a MonaVie business. The simplicity is what slows most people down. Share the product and opportunity and help your friends and family do the same thing. Here's where it gets hard... then keep doing it!

Where to from here? Goals, aspirations, plans...

The future is looking better everyday. Short term we are going Black Diamond by the end of 2010 and selling our Visa and Passport exepediting service. Valentina really wants a Motor Coach to travel the country with our kids. I JUST want a Lambo! The only thing  long term at this moment is to keep doing rides to benefit the MORE Project and maybe inspire others to do the same.

Tell us more about The MORE Project ride

It all started the end of April 2009. Our Black Diamond Shelly Aristizabel had a brain aneurism while giving a presentation in a room full of doctors in Delaware. She could not have been in a better place; turns out she was only a couple of miles from a hospital that specializes in her condition. Also, one of the doctors at the tasting was a resident. While recovering her husband Ed took time to be very transparent with all of us and sent out countless emails detailing how if you ever had a dream you wanted to accomplish to get it done now. I always had a dream of doing long distance rides for charity. For 19 years I was a bicycle messenger in Washington, DC.  On the weekends I would race with our local cycling club. Looking back I only rode for money or points.


That’s when it hit me!  In the Momentum DVD Dallin Larsen says, “If you have been blessed, you better be a blessing.”  I have been blessed in many ways by MonaVie. Monavie got me back on my bike and participating in my family life again in just a few months. Why not do a ride to benefit The MORE project and give others the same chance? I called Ed and said, “Ed I have a crazy idea. I want to ride from Washington, DC to R3Global Family reunion in Orlando, FL and raise money for The MORE Project. What do you think?”  I think Ed’s answer was “Are you crazy? How many miles is that?”

I explained it was 900 miles and my dream and that I really wanted to do it. He told me that he would support me however he could. Together we decided that a website would be the best way to take donations and get the word out. I called one of my personally sponsored people, Tony DeCarlo, to ask for advice and a donation. Tony is a website designer and he offered his services instead of a donation. More Miles 4 More Kids was born.

I went on The MORE Project website and found an email to inquire about fundraisers and a few days later I got a call from Valerie Holt. We talked for a while and she had somebody setup a link so people could donate directly from my website.  She also made a few calls and helped get me on the monthly motivational call to promote the ride in August 2009, as well as, a piece on The MonaVie Media Center. Donations did not go well at first and I got a little discouraged.  Ed pointed out that even if I did not reach our goal, we would at least raise awareness for the cause and maybe inspire somebody else to get off the couch.

The ride went as planned and I made it to Orlando in 5½ days.  I even got to go on stage with Katy & Sergio and tell a bit of my story. Dream accomplished.

A few months later I received a call from Valerie Holt. She told me that Linda Larsen had been talking to a couple from Canada who were inspired by the ride and wanted to do a ride also.  She asked me to call them and offer my assistance.  I spoke with Cristie-Lynn Bowman (husband Mike) and she was amazed that I called her. She had some very good questions and I could tell they had no idea what they were doing. She asked if I could meet them on the road and finish the ride with them.  I told her I would be willing to ride the entire distance with them as I have ridden across the US several times.  Before I got off the phone I asked the most important question, “Where do you guys live?”

The answer was Vancouver, BC. Admittedly, I had no idea where that was. I was thinking north of New York. Without thinking I said I’M IN! As soon as I got off the phone I Googled Vancouver and my jaw hit the floor.  I have never met Cristie-Lynn and Mike in person we have only talked vie phone and email.  We will meet for the first time at the International Convention in SLC. And the rest will be history!

To learn more about Paul, Cristie-Lynn and Mike’s ride to raise funds for The MORE Project, visit:

More Miles 4 MORE Kids

The Ride 4 MORE

While they are covering all their own expenses, they are asking that anyone willing sponsor them for 1 cent per mile or whatever contribution feasible with a goal to raise $200,000. All proceeds go to The MORE Project.

Follow their ride with us as we bring you more details…they depart July 10th with the intent to cover 4,200 miles in 35 days!

Apr 23, 2010

Lily's Lemonade Stand: All Proceeds Go to The MORE Project

Dallin just sent me the cutest photo of our favorite little girl, Miss Lily Anderson. As you can see, she is raising money for The MORE Project the best way any child, or child-like adult, knows how - with a lemonade stand!


Here's the most recent update, from Lily's mother, Jennifer, posted to their Care Pages site:

Good Morning friends…I know it has been awhile since an update, but I just have been waiting for some confirmation on Lily's last CT scan. The doctors have looked at it and determined that there are a couple "areas" on Lily's lungs that are different than the last scan. They do not think that these areas are cancer, but just some spots of infection left from her infection she had while having her stem cell transplant. They are going to watch her and scan her in a few months to see if there are any changes in the spots. The ONLY way to be certain of what they are is to do a biopsy, and they is VERY dangerous and too risky at this point. The fact that this does not appear to be cancer out weighs the option to do a biopsy. They had said that the biopsy would involve "stopping her lungs for a period of time while in surgery!!! That was enough to send me back into orbit. NO WAY…

We are just going to watch these areas closely and pray they go away.

Lily has started her radiation stage of this journey. She has a total of 13 days and we have already completed three! Way to go Lily. She immediately made friends with all of the nurses and doctors at the Winship Cancer Center. She goes in gets on the table and within about six minutes she is DONE! So cool. So far no side effects. Please keep praying for no side effects…She is very happy to have been able to take her tests in school and feels like she has done pretty well. She has been working very hard on the third grade project and will be able to go to school next week to participate. We are seeing the light everyday and again want to thank all of you for your continued prayers.

We found out yesterday that after radiation, she will start her anti-body therapy pretty much right away. This unfortunately will be a series of infusions that will last about six months to complete! She will be inpatient for a week and then outpatient for two weeks and repeat for the six months. Summer looks kind of yucky, but who wants to wear a bathing suit anyway? NOT ME!

Love you all,

Jennifer Anderson

Continue to keep Lily and her family in your thoughts and prayers. She is a strong girl and while she is currently cancer-free, you can see there is a lot of work before she will be considered full recovered.

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UPDATE: From Jennifer, "Lily has been feeling great lately. She was able to set up her Lemonade stand during the neighborhood garage sale and all of her money raised is going to the M.O.R.E project thru Mona Vie. It will go to help take orphans off the streets in Brazil. Mona Vie has raised millions for this incredible project, and Lily wanted to help. She is amazing. It was totally her idea. She raised $80.00 so she will give it to Dallin Larsen, founder of Mona Vie, this weekend."

Apr 10, 2010

Randy Larsen - My Heart is Full of Compassion

"My heart is full of compassion and love for my friends and loved ones who are affected by the flooding that is taking place near Rio. I know what is like to lose your home to flooding as it happened to my family when I was 18 years old. Thousands of people came to aid our community. Those acts of love changed me forever. Brazil is near and dear to my heart. The people there have blessed my life so much. There are hundreds of people who are missing and presumed dead and many who have lost their homes. Please do what you can to help us help those beautiful, open, and loving people. We are all connected and assisting, praying, and blessing those who are in need right now in Rio is a blessing of duty and love that will return tenfold."

Randy Larsen
MonaVie Founder and Vice Chairman

To donate to the Niteroi Flood Relief Fund, click here.

Apr 8, 2010

The Highest Rainfall in Rio in 40 Years

The following was written and sent in by Gabriel Ponce, MonaVie's head of public relations in Brazil, which will give you a bit of insight into the devastation currently rocking Rio, followed by details of how you can help:

The storm that hit Rio starting Monday, April 5, has left 138 dead across the state. The areas west and north, and especially the regions near the center of the capital of Rio and city of Niteroi, in the metropolitan area, where the MORE Project is located, were the hardest hit, with floods and mudslides. According to the Civil Defense, as of this moment there are 72 deaths in Niteroi and approximately 14,000 homeless and displaced people throughout Rio and Niteroi. Mayor Jorge Roberto Silveira declared official mourning for a week – “Niterói has never recorded a rain like that.”

The city is practically closed. Even today, some of the streets that give access to other parts of the city are closed because of mudslides or flood. The mudslides are the main problem now, affecting the poor people who live in the favelas (slums), which are located on the hills.

The MORE Project assists people in 12 of the approximately 130 favelas in Niteroi. From those 12 favelas, Morro do Estado, Boa Vista and Juca Branco are the ones most affected by the mudslides.
In the Cova da Onça slums, a mudslide buried two houses with six people. A man escaped, but could not save his wife and his son, "I was sleeping, did not hear any noise or anything. When it came, came taking everything. I tried to save my wife and my son and I could not, man. Can’t find them," he said.

In the Juca Branco slums, one of The MORE Project students lost his one-year-old brother in a mudslide that hit half of his house.

All the favelas including Vila Ipiranga are in imminent risk. People are being advised to leave their homes immediately. Those who lost their homes were relocated to public schools, leaving behind their few material possessions.  They need mattresses, bedding clothes, blankets, towels, diapers, hygiene supplies, water and principally our love and prayers.

UPDATE: Since receiving this news from Gabriel yesterday evening the mudslides have taken another toll on one of the favelas, most recently destroying over 40 homes; 200 are missing as a result.

We’ll give you more information as we receive it. Short updates will be posted primarily to The MORE Project Facebook page and then to the MonaVie Facebook page, Twitter and BlogMV. Follow us via any of these links and you’ll be sure to get the most current info. If you have questions, please leave them in the comments section.

DONATE: The Niteroi Flood Relief Fund has been set up by The MORE Project. You can find links on The MORE Project Facebook page, as well as The MORE Project website. These funds will be sent to help those who have been impacted by the flooding.


"Get me outta here, please get me out of here." That was the cry for help from Marcus Vinicius Vieira de France, eight years old, last Tuesday, April 6, in the Morro dos Prazeres in Santa Teresa, downtown Rio. Hours later, on Wednesday, April 7, he was dead upon being removed from the rubble, to the dismay of his father who pulled his body from the arms of firefighters and left screaming and crying amid the mire. The scene moved residents and the team who participated in the rescue.

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Mar 26, 2010

MonaVie’s Romney Running for MORE!


It’s funny how people can go to work and for the most part, know very little about the people we work around. Of course, some may like it that way, but I believe there are compelling stories to be found all around us.

For Vincent Romney, Senior IT Project Manager at MonaVie, running and staying in shape was a way of life and some might say “he could run all day long.” And now…he’s gonna try!  This weekend, Vincent is going to participate in the 24 Hours of Utah, that’s right…running for 24 hours in beautiful Moab, Utah! I'd call him crazy if he wasn't doing it for the coolest reason on the planet.

Why would someone do such a thing?

I’ll let Vincent answer that with an excerpt from his blog:

“Now enter my daughter Paislee, who wants to do something to make the world a better place, and I introduce her to the MORE Project. We dropped by and talked to Valerie, and she mentioned the “MORE Expeditions”, and instantly, Paislee had her volunteer opportunity. Now she just needed a way to start raising funds… see the pending convergence?

So I pay my entry fee for the 24 hours of MOAB, and we start collecting pledges from anyone and everyone willing to support this combo of philanthropy and insanity. Sounded simple enough, but now the concept of logistics set in. I need support for the entire 24 hours including; pacers, food preparation, sleeping arrangements for the pacers and support crew, etc. I initially sent out a request for volunteer help to the entire IT department I work in, and WOW! I work with some great people!”

Isn’t it great to hear other MonaVie employees helping out their co-worker? Kudos to the following MonaVie employees who are going to help out:

Bruce Arnett, Director of Software Development - Pacer

Daniel Eastman, Change Control Manager – Pacer/Co-team Captain

Chandler Childs, Senior Technical Writer - Pacer

Steven Proffit, Technical Business Analyst - Pacer

Joshua Jackson, Technical Business Analyst - Pacer

Steve Brigham, IT Help Desk Assistant – Logistical Support

We’ll be following Vincent and the team this weekend on his challenge and you can follow along too as we give updates on Twitter, or you can follow Vincent @vinceromney.

For those who want to donate to help Paislee’s MORE Project Expedition trip, you can go to Vincent’s blog, (love that title!), and click on the MORE Donations link underneath the picture. If there are any who would like to donate per mile, you can email Vincent directly at

Go Team Vincent!

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Mar 22, 2010

Devin Thorpe: VIP Brazil Expedition Day 5

Well, today wraps up the MORE Project Expedition to Brazil.  It has been both an exhausting and an exhilarating week.

For days, we kept a schedule with only about 4 hours of sleep per night.  We saw some of the most remarkable sites in the world, including the Amazon rainforest, the Amazon River, the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, but the most moving thing we saw was the reaction of children to a little love and respect.

The Black Diamonds completed a service project that involved real heavy lifting, moving dirt and debris in preparation for the construction of another home for the less fortunate in the favelas.

The trip ended today with the Regional in Sao Paulo.  What great energy!  The four hour event featured Dallin articulating the vision for MonaVie, including tips on building the business without treating people like nails—“don’t pound people into this business!”

Everyone had high praise for Mauricio’s leadership in Brazil.  As the GM, he has successfully laid a foundation for success in one of the world’s largest direct selling markets.

Personally, I had fun.  After studying Portuguese for the last six months, I delivered an 8 minute presentation on the Preferred Customer Program – in Portuguese.  I don’t think anyone focused much on my message, but they seemed pleased that I would take the time to learn enough Portuguese to be able to give my talk in their language.

As I wrap up my reporting, I want to thank Katy, Valerie and Andrea for the great job they did in organizing this week.  It was a non-stop adventure!

Finally, I want to thank MonaVie’s great distributors, not just the Black Diamonds, for their support of the MORE Project.  By teaching them to read and write, to do math and to see the world through an international lens, we enable them to become highly productive members of society who have options beyond drugs and prostitution.  While we won’t end poverty in our lifetimes, we will end poverty for our kids for the rest of their lives.  Together, we make a difference.

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