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Social Entrepreneurship​ 

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We Need More Women's Voices Leading the Way! by Sami M.

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 10:25 AM


This year in our CEL Social Entrepreneurship class we learned about the United Nations Global Goals. Some of these goals are Gender Equality and Zero Hunger. As we were learning this I realized just how many people are struggling in the world and it has taught me so much about all of these goals and what needs to happen by 2030. This is so important because it will make a better difference in the world because the more people who know about the U.N. Global goals means the more people can make an impact and take action.


For our global goals project, I chose to research Gender Equality. I learned that in 2018 only 27% of women held manager positions which I think is crazy because that means that only 27 out of 100 women are in leadership positions. We need more women’s voices leading the way. On, lenders have made 2.8 billion microloans to women, which is good because I plan on lending to a woman so they can build up their business.


When we Skyped with Eli, who works at Kiva, we learned a lot more stuff about Kiva. In Sierra Leone, Africa, Kiva developed an ID fingerprint program to help villagers get loans for their businesses. This fingerprint ID system is the way they identify you to make sure you are the right person. It is a great way to get identification, and Kiva is trying to expand it to more countries and continents so more people have access to banks so they can create businesses.


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Reply Blake J.
5:43 PM on May 11, 2020 
One thing that stuck out from Samiâ??s blog was that in 2018 only 27% of women held manager positions. I was shocked to hear that. I do agree, I think that we should hear more women voices. I wonder how many women do things privately but are really powerful. The blog made me think about how many women there are in Kiva. An idea that I thought of when I was reading the blog was that we should have a national womenâ??s day.
Reply Alexa E.
5:10 PM on May 11, 2020 
While reading this I learned that we do need more women speakers to lead the way. A woman should be encouraged to do anything! Like have their own business, be a sports player, or anything! I agree that the more people who know about these goals the more people will take action! I love your mindset on how we can lend to women so they can build up their business!
Reply Ariya G.
5:03 PM on May 11, 2020 
We need more womenâ??s voices leading the way!

I loved this blog post because I agree with Sami-more women need to be leading the way, and it is not fair that only 27% of women are managers. From this blog post, I will start lending to more women, so they can start their own company and rise up above others. I want to learn more about the fingerprint ID system for banks because I think it sounds interesting and helpful, because then you will be able to access the bank to get more money for their business. Without a doubt, I totally agree with Sami, that women should be taking charge. I learned how undervalued women are in a business from this blog post, and I will spread the word and share it with as many people as I can, and I will convince them to take action.
Reply Chase H.
4:36 PM on May 11, 2020 
I completely agree with Sami. Something that was really sad and interesting that I learned was only 27% of people in leadership positions are women. There have been 2.8 billion microloans on Kiva to women. Sami talks about how Kiva developed an ID fingerprint program that helped villagers get loans for their businesses. Sami makes very good points in this blog and I completely agree with her.
Reply Bezi M.
4:03 PM on May 11, 2020 
When I read Samiâ??s blog post about gender equality I was shocked that only 27% of women had leadership positions. I agree with Sami that we should get more powerful women out there so that their voices can be heard! Just like Sami said, a business is the best way to start toward leadership and I want to help women by loaning to them. Sami also noted that we have made 2.8 million loans to women who want to start a business. I think that's amazing and I wanna keep that up!
Reply Magnolia
4:47 PM on May 6, 2020 
When I read this blog post, I had no idea that only 27% percent of people in leadership positions are women! I definitely agree with Sami, we need more Womenâ??s Leading Voices! Sami talks about Eli, and how Kiva developed an ID fingerprint program to get loans to villagers for business. I think it would be great if other countries have access to the fingerprint program! My only question is why does kiva need to know if you are the right person?