Posts tagged ‘entrepreneurship’

Egyptian grandmother turns eco-friendly online healthy-food entrepreneur #hwhtw

So many things to like about this story: great news for Egypt’s economy, human health, the environment, and women’s entrepreneurship!

Dried produce seller utilizes solar technology to create a healthy snacking alternative

Megan Detrie
Tue, 21/08/2012 – 11:11
Menar Meebed’s company, Minnie’s Dried Fruits and Vegetables, arose out of little more than an attempt to find healthy snacks for her grandchildren.

“My grandchildren used to eat a lot of junk, and I’m not a junk food person, so I wanted to offer them something nutritious, and dried fruits in Egypt is limited to the typical variety of Ramadan food, so I started to dry apples and bananas at home,” Meebed said.

What began as snack time in Meebed’s kitchen has grown to become a thriving business utilizing solar drying technology and local produce, and empowering women in rural areas of Egypt.

Read the full article: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/dried-produce-seller-utilizes-solar-technology-create-healthy-snacking-alternative

August 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

Study: “Overcoming the Gender Gap: Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers” @TheWomanEffect #hwhtw

In a study for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Lesa Mitchell “explores the intersection of two issues that often are thought of separately: the need for sustained economic recovery in the United States, and the status of  women’s entrepreneurship.”  She concludes that “Women capable of starting growth companies may well be our greatest under-utilized economic resource,” and goes on to add:

“It is essential to see women’s entrepreneurship as an economic issue, not a gender-equity issue. When new companies and industries flourish, everyone benefits. And the returns will increase when more women contribute to the process by bringing their ideas to market and building high-growth firms around them.”

Read the full study here: http://www.kauffman.org/uploadedFiles/Growing_the_Economy_Women_Entrepreneurs.pdf

Thanks to InPowerWomen for the tip!

August 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm 1 comment

“Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs” by @startupbiztalk in @ForbesWoman #myAWD

Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs

Cheryl Isaac, Contributor

Foreign aid can sometimes account for over 90% of a country’s GDP; yet developing nations are quickly learning that foreign aid is not a long-term solution. And over the past few years, we’ve seen just how interconnected the global economy is: a misstep in one economy, affects the global economy.

Dambisa Moyo, economist and author of Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working And How There is a Better Way For Africa, argues that foreign aid to Africa is hurting, not helping the continent.

“Policymaking…has to set the environment to make it conducive for people to invest, be entrepreneurial and to innovate,” Moyo told Forbes Woman.

Investment in entrepreneurship—particularly women entrepreneurship—can lead to long-term growth in developing countries, the type of change that affects economic development, and a collaborative effort that influences innovation and empowers citizens to contribute to their nation’s GDP.

Read the full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/worldviews/2012/07/06/forget-foreign-aid-focus-on-foreign-entrepreneurship-for-women/

July 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm 4 comments

Event: “Women Entrepreneurs: Innovative Approaches to Financing New Businesses” @MilkenInstitute @GWtweets @SBAgov @samanthaettus

Interesting event coming up on Monday in DC!

The Milken Institute and the George Washington University Present


Women Entrepreneurs:
Innovative Approaches to Financing New Businesses


A panel discussion with special guests

The Honorable Karen Mills
Administrator, United States Small Business Administration

Peggy Wallace
Managing Director, Golden Seeds 

Melinda Wittstock
CEO and Founder, NewsiT

Lisa Hall
President & CEO, Calvert Foundation
Leadership Council, AEO One in Three Initiative

and

Moderator
Samantha Ettus
Best-selling Author and Contributor, Forbes
Founder, Working Moms Lifestyle

 Women entrepreneurs are a growing force in the economy. Between 1997 and 2011, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States grew at twice the rate of men-owned firms. Nevertheless, one of the fundamental challenges facing any entrepreneur today is finding the capital to launch and grow a business. Do women entrepreneurs face unique challenges or issues in obtaining start-up financing and growth capital? Are there policy or market solutions that can help to facilitate the flow of capital or credit to start-up enterprises and small businesses, especially those owned by women? We welcome our distinguished panelists to explore these and related questions.

Read more and register: http://www.cvent.com/events/women-entrepreneurs-innovative-approaches-to-financing-new-businesses/event-summary-b01fb1da72d44664ac858de7d621ce75.aspx?goback=%2Egde_40662_member_122863129

June 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

“The United Arab Emirates – a Fertile Frontier for Financial Women” via @VitalVoices @HuffingtonPost #hwhtw

Anne Izzillo of the HuffPost reports that the UAE is the place to be for women entrepreneurs:

“This is what we found: If you are a woman looking to start a business in the UAE — this is your moment. Today, women are forming start-ups in the region that range from multi-million dollar private equity funds and tech start-ups to western-inspired fashion labels and successful yoga studio chains. The opportunities are ripe for local and foreign women alike, thanks to several key factors that are leading a female business boom in the region.

“It starts with the government’s commitment to providing a high standard of education for both men and women. Today, the literacy rate for UAE women is 90 percent. Also, it is encouraging that the UAE Constitution promotes gender equality, including equal pay for equal work under the Labor Law and the right for women to inherit property. All of these factors have created a fertile environment for the seeds of female entrepreneurship to grow.”

Read the full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-izzillo/united-arab-emirates_b_1522362.html

May 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

“Malian Women Create Beauty and Profit Through Local Fabrics” via @Africa_com #hwhtw @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Love this article on Malian women fashion entrepreneurs!  Some highlights:

“Hand-dyeing bazin can be labour-intensive for the women who produce it. First they import the fabric — mostly cotton, but sometimes silk or wool — from Germany, the Netherlands or China. Then they cut it to standard sizes. Next they knot tissues tightly into parts of the fabric so that those parts remain undyed when the cloth is dipped into buckets of pigment and fixative. When the fabric emerges it bears coloured spirals, rings or patterns.

“Maureen Gosling, a U.S. filmmaker, is collaborating with Maxine Downs, an anthropologist, to produce a film on bazin called Bamako Chic: Threads of Power, Colour and Culture. According to Ms. Downs, they want to show how “self-empowered African women turned their artistic creativity and resourcefulness into a force for alleviating their own poverty.”

“Ms. Downs visited Mali several times to meet some of the women in the burgeoning industry. “When I went to Mali, I was shocked by the women’s resilience, their ability to create something out of nothing,” she told Africa Renewal.”

Read the full article: http://www.africa.com/blog/blog,malian_women_create_beauty_and_profit_through_local_fabrics,667.html

May 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Event: ICRW Champions for Change Gala with Ashley Judd and Cherie Blair @ICRW @AshleyJudd @CherieBlairFndn @Solar_Sister #hwhtw

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is celebrating its annual  Champions for Change Awards Gala on Wednesday, May 23rd!  ICRW’s signature event celebrates the possibilities of a gender equitable world and to honor the leaders and visionaries who help make it a reality.  Please join  ICRW and special guests – actor Ashley Judd and former British First lady Cherie Blair – to honor this year’s Champions for Change Awardees:

Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S Secretary of State (special video acceptance)

ExxonMobil Foundation

Thunderbird Emerging Markets Lab of the Thunderbird School of Global Management

Solar Sister

Learn more and buy tickets: http://champions4change.eventbrite.com

 

May 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

“Pakistan: Swat women use embroidery skills to support families” @safeworld4women #hwhtw #Pakistan #women

An inspiring story of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan who supported their families after devastating conflict in the Swat Valley.

 

Pakistan: Swat women use embroidery skills to support families

Source: Dawn.com | Sadia Qasim Shah

Like many other Swati women, the prolonged conflict in the region left Farida with nothing but embroidery skills to earn livelihood.

Thanks to her expertise in this traditional craft, the 40-year-old currently works with Lasoona, a nongovernmental organisation developing handicraft skills of local women and marketing their work, including Swati embroidered shawls.

As handicrafts made by skilled women were put on display here at Women Business Development Centre, a number of such women from Swat also poured their hearts out about the crisis they faced even after the conflict was over.

Ms Farida said she got education up to intermediate but after 22 years of her life as a housewife, she was forced to step out and work with an NGO for food and education of her two children…

Read the full article: http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/economics-poverty/ec-central-and-southasia/2430-swat-women-use-embroidery-skills.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LatestFromSafeWorld+%28Latest+from+Safe+World%29

May 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Global Marketplace at the NMWA, May 12-13 @WomenInTheArts #hwhtw #dc @dcculture #passportdc

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than by supporting women artisans from all over the world at the National Museum of Women in the Arts?

“The Global Marketplace features jewelry, ceramics, personal accessories, and home decor created by women artisan groups living in emerging economies throughout the world. Exhibitors representing the craftswomen will also discuss the arts as a powerful vehicle of economic development.

“Celebrating its 25th anniversary, NMWA hosts its third annual Global Marketplace in conjunction with Passport DC.

“The Global Marketplace is part of NMWA’s Empowering Women through Art initiative, and proceeds from the two-day event go directly to the women artisans. Countries represented include: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Laos, Mexico, Peru, Swaziland, Turkey, Vietnam among others.”

For hours, directions, and more info: http://www.nmwa.org/events/global-marketplace

April 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

“The Third Billion” #hwhtw

The Third Billion

As growing numbers of women enter the economic mainstream, they will have a profound effect on global business.

by DeAnne Aguirre and Karim Sabbagh

A huge and fast-growing group of people are poised to take their place in the economic mainstream over the next decade, as producers, consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs. This group’s impact on the global economy will be at least as significant as that of China and India’s billion-plus populations. But its members have not yet attracted the level of attention they deserve.

If China and India each represent 1 billion emerging participants in the global marketplace, then this “third billion” is made up of women, in both developing and industrialized nations, whose economic lives have previously been stunted, underleveraged, or suppressed…

Read the full article: http://www.strategy-business.com/article/10211?gko=98895

December 5, 2011 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

Be the Change: Jewelry with a conscience @purewow #hwhtw

The eagle-eyed folks at PureWow tracked down this amazing jewelry collection for a cause:

“We’re fans of Senhoa, a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for Cambodian victims of human trafficking via beautiful, affordable jewelry. We’re particularly impressed with its recent collaboration with supermodel Coco Rocha, who received a Senhoa piece as a wedding gift and was inspired to help the cause.

“Named after the young girls who craft it, Rocha’s seven-piece line combines multicolored Swarovski elements with a high-caliber fashion sense (biker chains and crystal spikes mixed with delicate shapes and glistening beads). ”

Read more and shop!: http://www.purewow.com/ecs/2073.htm?sid=336717

November 12, 2011 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: Women-Friendly Holiday Shopping! #hwhtw

There are lots of ways to make sure your holiday purchases support women around the world!  Here are some great gift ideas:

nOir Jewelry for MODELINIA Somalia bracelet

https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/be-the-change-noir-for-modelinia-somalia-bracelet-hwhtw/

DOSTI Hand-Stitched Fair Trade Soccer Balls

https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/be-the-change-dosti-hand-stitched-soccer-balls-hwhtw/

Not Guilty Tees for Afghan Women

https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/be-the-change-not-guilty-tees-for-afgan-women/

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Gayle Lemmon’s real-life tale of a daring woman entrepreneur in Afghanistan under the Taliban

https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/greg-mortenson-interviews-gayle-tzemach-lemmon-on-amazon/

And more ideas: https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/women-friendly-holiday-shopping/

November 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Vote for The Dressmaker of Khair Khanna! @gaylelemmon #hwhtw

The Dressmaker of Khair Khanna, an HWHTW favorite book, has been nominated for a “Goodreads Choice Award” for Best History & Biography.  Your vote can make the difference!

Vote here: http://www.goodreads.com/award/choice/2011#55899-Best-History-&-Biography

November 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Webinar: Success Stories in Women’s Economic Empowerment from Bangladesh @CIPEglobal #hwhtw

Calling all women entrepreneurs!  Tomorrow CIPE is hosting a webinar with Selima Ahmad, founder of the Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce (BWCCI).

“BWCCI provides services to more than 2,500 women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, and has been a leader in advancing policy changes for a women-friendly business environment.

“Ms. Ahmad will share stories of how entrepreneurship is transforming the lives of women in Bangladesh. She will describe her experiences in helping women overcome the obstacles to equal participation in the marketplace, and share lessons on leadership in giving voice to women.”

For more details or to register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/579112454

September 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: “Business Development for Democracy”

In Isobel Coleman’s blog for CFR, Gayle Lemmon offers her highlights of the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference.  She says:

“The progress women entrepreneurs have made is real and, as Verveer noted, we are ‘witnessing a dramatic change in the role women are playing in the global economy.’ Yet along with all the ‘access’ challenges mentioned above, which also confront men, women face challenges that are unique…”

Read the full article: http://blogs.cfr.org/coleman/2011/06/30/business-development-for-democracy/

July 1, 2011 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

Cecelia Doe: Persistence Pays Off in Liberia

In this post on the BRAC blog, Susan Davis, President & CEO of BRAC USA describes a recent trip to Liberia, and a remarkable woman entrepreneur and activist she met there:

“I was very impressed to meet Cecelia Doe, certainly one of the most articulate and dynamic women in Liberia. As a spokesperson for the Cotton Tree Christian Women Association,Cecilia explained to me that the Association was founded in 2006 and currently has 100 members…  Despite their current success, the road to achieving it was not easy. According to Cecilia, the Association petitioned Firestone for over two years in order to obtain the rights to use the land where the rice is now being cultivated.”

Read the full post: http://blog.bracusa.org/2011/05/brac-usa-president-ceo-reviews-her.html?utm_content=aasplin1%40jhu.edu&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Cecilia%20Doe&utm_campaign=How%20Young%20People%20are%20Changing%20the%20Worldcontent

June 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: Highlights, Part 2

More favorite quotes from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

Sandra Taylor: “Companies are realizing that women are an emerging market of significant importance.”

Sandra Taylor: “Investing in women leads to stronger economic growth for communities, countries, and companies.”

Sandra Taylor: “2011-2020 is the critical decade for women’s economic advancement.”

Shelly Porges, quoting Sec. Clinton: “The logic for connecting women to the global economy is compelling.”

Shelly Porges: the State Department’s Global Women’s Business Initiative focuses on “women owned businesses that are viable but have not yet scaled.”

Shelly Porges: “Women’s economic empowerment is a driver for other kinds of rights.” 

Shari Berenbach: “The real creative solutions are the ones that are crafted and come out of experiences on the ground.”

Shari Berenbach: “SMEs punch above their weight in terms of generating jobs and economic growth.”

June 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: Highlights, Part 1

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

David Chavern: “Business is the answer, not the problem.”

David Chavern: “Countries that treat women badly, do badly.”

Gayle Lemmon: “Women make sure there’s a community to go back to when the war is over.”

Gayle Lemmon: “In tough parts of the world, women turn to business to make sure their children get fed.”

Gayle Lemmon: “Unsung heroines and aspiring entrepreneurs are all around us.”

Mary Schnack: “Women don’t need to be sitting on a dirt floor to need help growing their businesses.”

Mary Schnack: “We need to help women recognize themselves as leaders and be honored as leaders”

Gayle Lemmon: “Afghan women are desperate for peace, but afraid it will come at the price of their right to go to work and school.”

More to come!

June 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: “We need to think beyond microenterprise”

More from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

This morning’s panel featured three women with expertise in women’s entrepreneurship efforts, and all of them echoed the same sentiment: For women to move forward, the focus must move from microenterprise to mainstream small and medium businesses – and beyond. 

Selima Ahmad, President and Founder of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, offered a provocative question: “We need to give deep thought to micro entrepreneurs – are they part of the mainstream economy?”  She added, “We need to think beyond microenterprise.”

Mary Schnack of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) agreed: “Women don’t need to be sitting on a dirt floor to need help growing their businesses.”  Women who are already running businesses need additional skills to scale up, she noted.

Gayle Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khanna, identified access to markets and financing as the biggest obstacle to growing women’s businesses.  She noted that in countries where women cannot legally own property, they cannot get financing because they cannot offer collateral.

June 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: “Business is the answer, not the problem”

Reporting from the Democracy that Delivers for Women conference: David Chavern, EVP and COO of the US Chamber of Commerce, believes that economic empowerment  provides opportunity for women’s empowerment in general.  “Business is the answer, not the problem… free enterprise is the way forward for individuals.”  He added that a country’s economic health depends on women’s participation: “Countries that treat women badly, do badly.”

June 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

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