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A New Bill Gates, From Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities faced by the the aspiring middle class in the world's least developed countries.

The Village Matriarch, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Serah Wanjiku Mukuria works at the Mugaa Village Secondary School, a rare rural high school nestled in the highlands of Kenya's Rift Valley, as a secretary (many people affectionately call her "Madam Secretary") and also takes care of her farm and animals.

Madame Ndeye Bineta Sarr, The Fashion Creator, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Julia Kurnia

West Africa is famous for its vibrant traditional clothing, and many women in Dakar make a living from sewing traditional dresses. Yet in this competitive market, Ndeye has carved out a niche for herself thanks to sheer artistic genius.

Meet the Woman Who Turned Nairobi's Construction Industry on its Head

Julia Kurnia | Posted 10.27.2012 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Seven years ago, Rose Karanja's reality was bleak. One of a small minority of girls in Kenya to complete high school, she renounced college ambitions to care for her orphaned brother and sister.

How EPA Can Balance Economic Development and Environmental Justice for the World's Poor

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Eva M. Clayton

The hope for Africa is that it can leverage its considerable endowments -- its arable land and the hard working nature of its people -- to kick start sustainable economic growth and realize food and economic security.