Creating positive social change has been a deep seeded desire from my earliest memories and is part of who I am. Although a firm believer in capitalism, it is my heart for people that drives me and has been at the core of my entrepreneurial career since leaving home at 17, with nothing but $300 and a dream.
"A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave." This common saying reflects the reality in many developing countries: bearing a child is one of the main risks to a woman's life. In the poor countries of the world, giving birth is both one of the most significant days in a woman's life but also a time when she is closest to losing it.
Wherever she lives, no matter what country, when a woman controls her own finances she invests that money in ways that can bring about long-term change -- education for her children, health care and better housing for her family. But low-income women around the world are routinely denied access to the basic financial products that most of us take for granted.
In order to grasp just how, and by whose instigation, the developing world will be changed by technology you need to look carefully at the differing dynamics of each emerging market and interrogate the views of business leaders on the ground - familiar with the local economies and how they're changing.