One by one, the women step forward and put coins or ragged bills in a metal dish. Most can't give more than one Jordanian dinar -- about $1.33. Even that dinar is a sacrifice, but the women do it because they know the power of saving together.
While the national unemployment rate (population 18 and over) hovers at 7.5 percent, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans (Gulf War Era II or Post-9/11 veterans) face a higher rate of unemployment at 10.8 percent.
Nothing exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurs like a community cooperative project designed to employ more than 25 employee-owners within the first year. This is just what one Cleveland, Ohio based company has undertaken
Let's shift the discourse away from 'women vs. women', which sounds like a tawdry Las Vegas boxing match, and move it towards a much deeper conversation about what we need to do to get more women in leadership positions in both the public and private sector and eradicate poverty.
The slum communities are densely packed, with winding paths that have no street names, let alone house numbers, and so although Nilesh has spent time in these neighborhoods, he must often rely on the local residents to be pointed in the direction of the next client.
Examples abound of women in the developing world receiving loans, building businesses, and employing others with their capital, along with investing in education and infrastructure for their families and communities.