When a woman rises up in her glory, her energy is magnetic, and her sense of possibility contagious.
“Today there are over 226 million women running businesses across the world. On average more than a third of global firms have female owners. Women are slowly making an impact globally through greater financial empowerment. Of course there is a long way to go, with the very real existence of glass ceilings and external limitations, but when women gain economic power, the world changes. This is especially true in the most impoverished regions of the world.
“Cathy Burke who has worked for over two decades with the Hunger Project as CEO, shares some incredible success stories from the world’s poorest regions where women have been given wings through taking out micro loans. Micro finance involves lending small amounts of money, mainly to women, for income generating opportunities. The average first loan is usually about US$80 and training is a requirement to borrowing.
“She says these leaders “are achieving outcomes for their communities that are totally unexpected. Their actions are lessons in courage, boldness and resilience. They are feeding their children, getting water to their village, raising their voices to be heard, and exercising their legal and moral rights. They are true leaders in every sense of the word.””
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