As we mark the second International Day of the Girl on October 11, I'm calling for a similar recognition of the power and potential of girls, enlisting them in our mission to bring safe, sustainable sanitation to the billions who live without it.
Since impact investing is searching for the sweet spot between high-net-worth individuals' expectations for responsible investing and effective channels for catalyzing social change, we need to ensure that this financial instrument is not abused
Fall means the beginning of a new school year as children head back into the classroom to learn, grow and make new friends. But that's not always the case in the developing world, where a staggering 130 million children are not in school.
Excessive mortgage debt, student loan debt, medical debt and more have placed untenable burdens upon millions. As we learn from our Torah portion, a cursed society is one in which factions are trapped in merciless power dynamics as debtors.
When it succeeds, microfinance lifts people from extreme poverty and leaves them into poverty. Other interventions are still needed, especially a focus on small and medium enterprises - the backbone for creating a middle class.
25,000 Women is uniquely positioned to educate and reward participants through empowering women in developing countries. The campaign is targeted at young people (teens) and involves a text-message based game.
On a planet rapidly coming online through mobile technologies, there's an urgent need to develop financial empowerment. Today, leaders from the emerging payment and virtual currency industry announced a Committee for the Establishment of the Digital Asset Transfer Authority.
Mentorship and flexible financing are two critical resources too-often missing for small businesses. If more business owners have access to the right advice and needed funds, it creates a ripple effect of local commerce, hiring, and prosperity.
After four months and 18 Kiva ZIp borrowers in D.C., I'm happy to finally be "out there" in Kenya. But my experience in stateside micro-lending has proven to me that even in the land of opportunity, small business owners can use a helping hand.