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Zafen: Redefining “Interest” in the Changing World of Microfinance

Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Microfinance has taken a beating lately for shifting far afield from its humanitarian origins, originally funding tiny businesses run by poor women in developing countries to feed their families. It’s become a good idea gone bad, a charitable enterprise spoiled as profit surpassed people as the rationale for investment. It sickens the soul. […]

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Join Us in Integrated Approach to Build The New Haiti

Léogâne, Haiti. I am perhaps the most excited I have been in my entire life as I prepare to move to Haiti next month. Ten months after the earthquake of January 12 I will be on the ground — to stay — with our international team. We are ready and able to roll-out a real, integrated, […]

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Book Speaks to Man’s Successful Mission to Help Humanity

Washington, DC. Although our lives have turned out different, I learned in my friend Charles “Chic” Dambach’s exciting new book, Exhaust the Limits, that we have much in our personal and professional lives in common. I first met Chic through Paul Stevers, the Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist who funds orphans, peacebuilding, and counter strategies to […]

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Zafèn Haitian Microfinance Effort Engages Haitians to Forge a New Future

Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haitians like Jean-Patrick Lucien are one reason Zafèn, a new online microfinance program targeting small- and medium-sized businesses in Haiti, has been so successful. Action-oriented people like Chicago photographer Jennifer Girard are another. Zafèn is marking its six-month anniversary in October and has already amassed an impressive track record of success. It has raised […]

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Balinese Natural Birthing Center Threatened by Global Downturn

Denpasar, Indonesia. Mid-wife and clinic founder Robin Lim is a legend in the world of women’s maternity health. I have heard of her from Port-au-Prince in Haiti to New-York to Denpasar. Recently I received a note that her natural birthing clinic in Bali known as Bumi Sehat (“healthy mother earth”) is in desperate need of operating funds. […]

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Evil in America? U.S. Fundamentalist Group to Burn Koran on 9/11

Evil in America? U.S. Fundamentalist Group to Burn Koran on 9/11

New York, N.Y.  One need not journey to the mountains of Afghanistan or Pakistan to discover evil. We have our own home-grown variety of dangerous extremism here in Florida. The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, whose pastor Terry Jones has written a book called Islam is of the Devil, believes he is called by God to defeat […]

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First ‘Davos’ for Women’s International Development in NYC

New York, N.Y.  I met Cecilia Attias, former First Lady of France and founder and executive chair of the Cecilia Attias Foundation for It was extraordinarily successful – and focused on producing more than just rhetoric.  Women at the event and was particularly impressed by her passion and global vision. The first annual Dialogue for […]

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Spectacular Sold-Out Premiere of Anti-Child Trafficking Film in NYC

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New York, N.Y.  Cambodian Parliament Member Mu Sochua received a standing ovation from the sold-out, standing room-only crowd at the red carpet world premier of REDLIGHT last week. Produced and narrated by UNICEF Goodwill AmbassadorLucy Liu, the film left many stunned and some in tears. It is that wrenching. “I am not a victim in Cambodia, but a survivor […]

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