I can't think of a better place to unleash this concept than in Los Angeles, where our future is being driven by small business entrepreneurs, especially immigrants. Los Angeles is a city of dreams. We have among the highest entrepreneurial activity in the country.
Since Jan. 1, 2013, The Pollination Project has been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our Daily Giving Community is honored to support this week.
What is it like to make a financial investment in an up and coming social change leader, every single day of the year? Since January 1, 2013, the Pollination Project has been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world.
Women-owned businesses are booming, starting at three times the rate for men. But imagine a world where women had equal access to capital, a fair shot at government procurement and capacity to grow beyond $500,000 in revenue, and the economic potential is far more exciting.
I listened to representatives of some of the most reputable aid organizations in the world squabble over "territory" -- completely disregarding the fact that "territory" was referring to the people suffering from disaster just outside the air-conditioned trailer.
Replicating the social business equity investments with unemployed youth around the world can help solve the age-old problem of unemployment, not just in the poor countries but in any country and can turn job-seekers into job creators.
Now the conversation about wealth inequality has moved to the big screen; I hope that the national conversation moves forward from the same, old game about inequality to new innovative solutions to the problem.
If you go to Kiva Oregon right now, you'll see 20 entrepreneurs fundraising for a loan. They are individuals who are either starting or growing a small business -- on their own, of their own volition, because they want to.
A growing unrest is stirring the global microcredit market. Some are asking whether microcredit has really benefited the poor. Although the spotlight might be uncomfortable, microfinance institutions should welcome this soul searching.
It is difficult to know how any one of us can make a difference in any of our nation's most troubling problems. But, what if the money stored in our wallets had a new purpose, even just for a short amount of time?
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.