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Invent Something That Can Lift Your Neighbors Out of Poverty

The Wonderbag

The Wonderbag

South African Sarah Collins, who grew up under apartheid, was driven to become an entrepreneur so she could invent something that would help lift her neighbors out of poverty.

She tried earthworm farms and co-op vegetable crops, yet never got very far until a countrywide electricity shortage caused rolling blackouts in 2007 and she was forced to figure out a way to keep her dinner warm without power. She remembered her grandmother used to use couch cushions to keep pots of soup warm.

Collins made a prototype called Wonderbag with the help of an African seamstress. Her invention would mean an end to women spending several hours or more a day cooking and hunting for firewood, a backbreaking chore made even more dangerous by rapists who have been known to prey on women who gather cook-fire fuel alone.  Wonderbag allows women to work the way they want to.  Better yet, for each Wonderbag purchased in the United States, one is donated to a woman in Africa.

Read the entire article here.  Check out Wonderbag at Amazon and the Wonderbag home site.

Photo courtesy:  Wonderbag

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Note:  For information on how to set up an Amazon store just like Sarah did for Wonderbag, read Chapter 7, “Using e-Commerce and Social Media Sites as Stepping Stones to Export Success,” in my new book:  Exporting:  The Definitive Guide To Selling Abroad Profitably.

Women’s Work Is An Extension of How They See The World


According to Grace Segran’s “Women social entrepreneurs driven by impact rather than scale,” women tend to be more nurturing and view their work as an extension of how they see the world.

Many women are turning to social entrepreneurship because they tend to work more with their hearts, says American serial social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow Christina Jordan.

The article also mentions how women tend to be limited with their thinking – not thinking big enough or about success.

Read the entire article: Women social entrepreneurs driven by impact rather than scale

Photo courtesy:  Wil Kristin

Posted by :  Laurel Delaney

Invest in Women Who Change the World


CrowdRise is a unique blend of crowdfunding, social networking, contests, and other good stuff.  It is about giving back, raising lots of money for great causes and having a whole lot of fun while doing it.

The CrowdRise community was named a “Top 25 Best Global Philanthropist” by Barron’s. We beat Oprah. And, Mashable named CrowdRise something like “the best place to raise money online for your favorite causes.” CrowdRise is one of the fastest growing online fundraising websites. We used to try to keep CrowdRise a secret but we’re making a slight change and encouraging you to tell two friends and one person who you don’t like all that much about the site.

Let’s go with The RaiseForWomen Challenge – a fundraising event on Crowdrise (already raising more than $500,000)!

Illustration courtesy:  The RaiseForWomen Challenge, Crowdrise

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

How Six Female Global Leaders Use Technology for Good


Whether protecting cultural treasures, using public data to study and solve environmental problems or encouraging entrepreneurs to improve health care, these women are rocking the universe with their greater good efforts.  Each of the following individuals have received the annual Dewey Winburne Community Service Award, named after a teacher who showed children from tough backgrounds how to put digital technology tools to work.

Madhura Bhat:  Encouraging Entrepreneurs to Improve Health Care

Arlene Ducao:  Mapping Global Hotspots

Amanda Quraishi:  Fighting Homelessness With Social Media

Elena Lagoudi:  Developing Art and Life Stories in Greece

Elizabeth Davidson and Maurya Couvares:  Helping Teenagers Get Tech Skills

Read:  How 10 Leaders Use Technology for Good (six are women)

Illustration credit:  Elizabeth Davidson and Maurya Couvares,

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Make Global Trade a Force for Good


The world is no longer flat but truly a valuable place for everyone to conduct business.  And WEConnect International, a non-profit organization that helps women business owners succeed in the global marketplace, is helping to facilitate the opportunity.

Globally, women now earn at least $12 trillion annually, a number expected to rise to $18 trillion by 2014, according to the Boston Consulting Group. American women spent around $108 billion last year on apparel, according to NPD Group, and the United States imported over $100 billion’s worth of apparel from overseas, around 40% of it from China alone.

Read the entire article:  Doing Business Across Borders | Women in the World Foundation

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Kiva Fellows Make a Difference in Our World

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Twenty-six Fellows are traveling to Kiva partner organizations in 31 countries on five continents around the world.  Twelve Fellows from previous classes are heading to new assignments to keep Kiva running smoothly.  What will they be doing?

For the next four months, they’ll work closely with Kiva’s partners to support their operations, improve the Kiva lending experience, and help them reach more borrowers. They’re truly on the frontier of Kiva to innovate, expand, develop and deepen Kiva’s connections to the field.

Learn more about how these Fellows are out to change the world, one step at a time.

Read:  38 Kiva Fellows head out around the world!

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Note:  Applications for the next class of Kiva Fellows are now being accepted and are due tomorrow, January 27th. Apply here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Social Entrepreneurship At Its Best, Changing The World One Step At a Time

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

How One Woman is Making Global Progress Out of Excess

Goods 4 Good, run by Melissa Kushner (Founder and Executive Director – pictured above), empowers communities to support orphans and other children in need by supplying materials that meet the immediate needs of these children while partnering with local community centers to strengthen their skills and build businesses for sustained impact.

Ms. Kushner was also recently named “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the World Entrepreneurship Forum.  On October 26, the U.S. Ambassador to France, Charles Rivkin presented Melissa with the award in Lyon, France.  Melissa addressed hundreds of entrepreneurs from all over the world at the award ceremony.  I was honored to be there in person (full disclosure:  I am a charter member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum) to witness her receiving this prestigious award.

Learn more about Ms. Kushner and her organization here.  Meanwhile, congratulations Melissa!  We are very proud of you.  Keep up the fine work.

Illustration credit (right + above):  Goods 4 Good

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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