It started with a simple question: Why couldn’t there be a platform to facilitate microloans between those who need help, and those who want to help all over the world?
To hear Kiva Co-founder and President Premal Shah tell it, the opportunity was sitting at the middle of that why. After returning from a family visit to India, he pondered: “If eBay and PayPal allowed complete strangers to buy and sell from one another, why can’t you invest in someone you don’t know across the globe?”
“In our technology-enabled world, none of us should accept that 330M children are not learning."
The path to a brighter future can be as easy as one, two, three if you: (1) have access to quality education that leads to (2) knowledge and skills that (3) opens doors to greater economic opportunities.
But for 330 million children across the world, learning basic skills, like math, reading and writing, is not happening. That lack of education puts these children at a severe economic and social disadvantage when they become adults—feeding the cycle of poverty.
by Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer
Today’s hyper-connected, tech-driven world opens doors to abundant opportunity for those who are equipped to seize it. Yet 330 million children across the globe are not learning basic literacy and numeracy skills. As the educated capitalize on economic success, children without education and skills are left behind to perpetuate the cycle of poverty.
A programme to help budding entrepreneurs benefit from a good start in life has been launched at a De Beers Group Zimele business hub in South Africa.
Thirty-six people from the areas around Voorspoed mine have been identified for the programme, run by TrioPlus Development, a specialist mentoring and training company that focuses on small, micro and medium enterprises.
The Entrepreneurial Incubation Programme in Kroonstad, which kicked off with a four-day workshop, was for people with a business idea with a good chance of success.
Patricia is a devoted single mother and teacher by day, with dreams of opening her own bakery to better the life of her family. For her, just a $5,000 loan for machinery would kick-start her business and provide her with a second source of income. I’m proud to say that through the Matter to a Million program, over 100 employees joined forces to help Patricia fulfil her dreams.
With limited access to clean water, people living in Haiti rely on bottled water. But because proper disposal methods aren’t in place, plastic bottles litter the land, canals, and shoreline. To help address this problem, HP has partnered with Thread International and the First Mile Coalition on a program that turns plastic bottles collected in Haiti into recycled plastic that is used to produce Original HP ink cartridges.