Women at the center of Economic Activity

Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh with the objective of helping poor people escape from poverty by providing loans without collateral to support income-generating activities. From Prof. Yunus's personal loan of small amounts of money in the mid-70's to destitute basket-weavers in Bangladesh, the Grameen Bank has advanced to the forefront of a burgeoning world movement toward eradicating poverty through micro-lending. Today it has 8.4 million borrowers of … [Read more...]

Sharon Mather – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this woman leader, NEW ZEALANDER - BORN BRED IN SOUTH AFRICA   WOMAN of ACTION™       Sharon Mather Pacific Co-Founder & VOICES OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE's Representative in Australia & New Zealand         ​Five years ago, she decided to "change her whole life" - closed down her business, put all her precious cargo into storage, and walk away from her safe space - her home and … [Read more...]

Women’s World Banking – JOBS

In order for more low-income women to have access to financial products than ever before, Women’s World Banking works closely with its global network of 39 leading micro finance institutions from 28 countries to create new credit, savings, and insurance products specifically designed for the unique needs of women. Of our network members is committed to serving women as clients, innovators and leaders. Women’s World Banking has found new ways to help women build financial safety nets, by … [Read more...]

Less than 1,000 Days to achieve the MDGs – Take Action!

With 1,000 Days to achieve the MDGs, efforts have to accelerate action and scale up what works – with contributions from Governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector. Focusing on reducing inequalities on many fronts – such as improving food security, maternal health, water and sanitation, rural development, environmental sustainability and responses to climate change – is critical at this juncture. Evidence shows that Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment … [Read more...]

Alleviating Poverty: Mobile Communications, Micro-finance, Small Business Development

Poverty is one of the most pressing problems around the world. According to statistics from the World Bank, nearly one-quarter of the global population lives at or below the poverty line of $1.25 per day.[i] With so many people struggling for basic subsistence, it is hard for those affected to get out of poverty, gain access to capital, or develop small firms or businesses that help them build a better life. Yet with the growth of mobile technology, there are new opportunities for individuals … [Read more...]

Sheetal Mehta Walsh – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this woman that has helped thousands around the globe, honored by the Queen, holding awards from around the globe, she has devoted her life to bettering the lives of women and children inside the slums of India. Through applying her own skills, she is helping to create entrepreneurs build sustainable business by providing both through mentorship and the tools. Join us as we Celebrate the Woman and the positive actions she … [Read more...]

Nepal: Boosting entrepreneurship among poor rural women

Nepal: Boosting entrepreneurship among poor rural women Chitrakali Budhamagar began her career in 2003 collecting yarn made out of 'allo' (Himalayan nettle) and selling it in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. With the money she made selling yarn, she bought readymade garments to sell in her home village of Pyuthan, in the western part of the country. Born to a poor peasant family, Chitrakali had few other options. However, in 2005, opportunity knocked. She enrolled in a three-month … [Read more...]

UN-backed small loans help refugees in Ecuador

UN-backed small loans help refugees in Ecuador break out of poverty A UNHCR staff member (right) listens to the story of a commercial sex worker in Esmeraldas, Ecuador 12 April 2011 – A United Nations-supported microcredit project is helping vulnerable refugees in Ecuador, especially women who have turned to sex work to support themselves and their families, break out of poverty. Ecuador is home to the largest number of refugees in Latin America, according to the UN High Commissioner for … [Read more...]

Micro-finance: Afghanistan Women Mean Business!

  Afghanistan Women Mean Business!    Nasrine Gross mingles with some of the female students in the street. Ms. Gross is the founder of an unusual literacy training program that requires husbands and wives to attend class together. The classes are held in simple homes down a dirt street in Kabul. (Courtesy of Max Gross) http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/30/opportunities-expand-empowered-afghan-women/   The Washington Post shares this story of Hassina Syed, a true inspiration for … [Read more...]

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