Kiva Lending Team: Women Entrepreneurs
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In parts of Asia and Africa, women are sold into sex-slavery, are abused by husbands and are kept illiterate as a means to conduct foreign policy in the most oppressed of countries. As women have been abused and discriminated against in the cruelest of ways in these foreign countries, it is extremely important to lend aid to women in countries whose “war on terror” has become a “war on misogamy.” The general idea is that the more oppressed a country is, the more poverty, and therefore the worse the treatment of its female citizens. The kind of aid I will be lending will help them create opportunities for themselves so they will be able to break away from the violence associated with this new “war” by helping them start businesses of their own, making them better equipped to be in control of their own success. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explore this idea brilliantly in their Pulitzer-prize winning book, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” by explaining how economic progress will be best brought about by tapping into the potential of the female population. Because as Nicholas Kristof so truthfully puts it in his inspiring book "Half the Sky," “women are not the problem. They are the solution.”
I have created a Kiva micro-lending program called “Women Entrepreneurs” that I hope to get both the women of Newport Beach, California and girls of Sage Hill School involved in. The idea is that if women are given opportunities to make a good living for themselves, they will become more confident and independent, will better be able to provide for their families, will become more respected in their communities, and will therefore be treated slightly differently in their society at large. I plan to supplement my efforts by simultaneously becoming an advocate for global women’s rights, and joining and partnering with organizations that I can encourage the Newport Beach activists to become a part of. Throughout this process, I will be continuing my research, and will make an effort as to alert the State Department of my findings towards the end of the academic year.
Location: Newport Coast, California
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