Acumen Fund is the real deal, a social venture fund that invests in businesses serving the poor, with actual results. They're giving away 500 copies of its founder Jacqueline Novogratz' book.
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A friend from Rwanda visited me on Friday. During the genocide, she lost 100 of 103 family members. Even after all that happened, you can see her calm and her goodness in the light of her eyes.
Young organizers from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, will identify and award three local groups who are doing the most to effect positive social change in their communities.
My experience with the book club in Kibera was a similar reminder of how fundamentally alike we all are in seeking the dignity and opportunity to shape our own lives.
There is remarkable power in telling your story. Director Heather Ross demonstrates this in her excellent film Girls on the Wall, which screened recently and will be seen on PBS stations in the coming months.
The Acumen Fund provides "patient capital" to for-profit businesses around the world that help people climb out of poverty.
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