More than 70% of women-owned small businesses in developing countries are either shut out of financial institutions or can’t get the capital they need, according to the World Bank. In the United States, women start business with access to half as much capital as men on average, according to the National Women’s Business Council. Let’s change this together for International Women’s Day at kiva.org/IWD (link in bio).
Waylon talks with Jessica Hansen of Kiva.org about how we can support female entrepreneurs around the world—over and over again.
“What makes you burn brighter? …whatever it is that moves you, that drives you, you can do something. Give yourself permission to be the one who changes it.” ~ Jessica Hansen
When you support Kiva’s mission by investing in global entrepreneurs, it isn’t a donation—it’s a loan. From farmers and artists, to educators and retail business owners, you choose who and what your money goes to.
Globally, over 70 percent of women cannot borrow money—they have zero access to funding of any kind, which is why organizations like Kiva are critical players in the push for gender equality. In honor of International Women’s Day, Kiva is aiming to support 10,000 women around the world by March 8th.