Today is International Women’s Day and to celebrate this I would like to tell you about two wonderful organizations that I have been supporting for years. The first is Women for Women. In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, they are able to create sustainable change for themselves, their families, and communities. Over the years I have sponsored 5 women in Africa, by doing this they were able to follow a yearlong training program that have given them the skills to support their families and transform their lives. If you’d like to become a sponsor and change someone’s live, you can find more information here on the Women for Women website.
Another way to support women is by making a loan. Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Women entrepreneurs are breaking down barriers and building better lives around the world with their Kiva loans. One of these women is Lindiwe (top image). She is a 22 year old girl from rural Zimbabwe and a ‘mogul’ in the making. You can read her story here on Kiva. More information about how to lend a loan can be found here on Kiva.