Kiva Lending Team: Safe Girls Team
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By empowering girls and women in the fight for women's rights, poverty reduction, education and health promotion, we are helping to create a fairer and better world for everyone.
"The most fulfilled people are the ones who get up every morning and stand for something larger than themselves. They are the people who care about others, who will extend a helping hand to someone in need or will speak up about an injustice when they see it." ~~~ Wilma Mankiller, first female Tribal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (Native Americans)
This team supports the work of Kiva, improving the lives of people around the world who have limited financial means, and who would not otherwise have the means to improve their
lives, those of their families, and their communities. Our team members loan for different activities, mainly to women, especially to those who are widowed, single or single parents, supporting a family, a refugee, or caring for orphans, but also to men.
We also raise awareness of the issues of violence against women and girls, their education, maternal health and human rights.
Safe Girls Team Captains.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides the legal / ethical framework with which Safe Girls Team works to inform our team members about women's and girl's rights and those of wider society:
The first of January, and the soon to arrive Lunar New Year, (Year of the chicken), for many of us bring forth hope for the new year, and so it is that the issue of peace is the subject of our team front page this month.
Dear World, A message of peace, tolerance among combined cultures. (Video, 27th June, 2015).
Fighting with non-violence / Scilla Elworthy. (5 August,2012).
Everyone Belongs. (Song, 30th August, 2014).
Jody Williams: A realistic vision for world peace. (Video, 11th January, 2011).
Peace is a Priority: Prem Rawat. (Video, 14th November, 2015).
Thank you once again Tom for this months team member interview, and for Manami agreeing to be this months interviewee.
I asked Manami for an interview this month, as in her role of captain she has just provided leadership to our team via her matched funding at the turn of the year. In addition, she lives in Japan, where we have not yet had an interviewee.
Manami reports that she feels Kiva is not very well known in Japan, for a variety of reasons, including low media exposure, a relatively underdeveloped volunteer culture, and background religious factors, among others. She has made a presentation to the staff at her workplace about Kiva, so is doing what she can to spread the word.
Manami is interested in travel, and has visited more than 20 countries including the Uighur region of China, Moldavia, Taiwan, Gibraltar, and Egypt. She has spread her loans around the world, and has thus helped individuals and groups in more than 50 countries. She has particular interest in education, and wishes strongly to support women who are entrepreneurs, and these factors help to guide her choices of which loans to support through Kiva.
In terms of women’s rights, Manami reports that Japan ranks quite low among industrialized nations, with a wage gap in 2012 of ~40%, and ranking lowest with regard to proportion of women in executive positions. She is still hopeful, however, as education is available to all young people in her country, and in 2014 Japan ranked third in the world in educational attainment levels.
Besides her native Japanese, Manami speaks English, studied German for five years, and is currently working on learning Mandarin.
Manami reports that she is fond of sweets, and feels that Japan has much to offer in that domain. For recreational activities, she enjoys trekking and mountain climbing, and occasionally goes to a sports gym.
Besides her activities with Kiva, Manami does volunteer translating, and helps with annual reports for World Vision Japan. She is also an active sponsor of children in countries including Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, and El Salvador.
I asked Manami to suggest two or three things she particularly likes about her country, and she responded that she feels Japan is a very safe country, and that people are generally kind and considerate there.
I would like to thank Manami again for her team leadership over the holiday season, and for her willingness to participate in this interview.
Location: The World
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