Archive for March, 2016

Women Empowering Women

In celebration of International Women’s Day this March, we turn the spotlight on three amazing impact enterprises, which we have had the pleasure of working with.

Led by women entrepreneurs, these women-focused enterprises have an invaluable impact on the lives of women across Asia – proving that creating opportunities for women is the key to driving development forward.

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Debt-Based Crowdfunding: From Micro Enterprise to Small/Medium Enterprise

[Image Credit: Waterdotorg / Flickr]

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) represent approximately 96% of all enterprises within Southeast Asia, contribute 30% to 50% of GDP and employ between 50% to 85% of each country’s population in ASEAN. A large number of SME models inherently create demonstrable social and environmental impact beyond livelihood creation, in sectors such as agriculture, clean energy, education, healthcare, water and sanitation, among others.

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This Woman Is Using Just Coffee to Build Peace and Prosperity

It’s not just another coffee. It’s just coffee. What that means is we are paying people the right price for the right amount of labor. This goes into improving their livelihoods and economic status,” Joji Felicitas Pantoja said with piercing verve, before sipping a cup of fresh brew made by one of the coffee farmers she’s trained and now buys coffee from at fair-trade price.

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Driven by a Passion for Equality: In Conversation with Tammy Medard, CEO of ANZ Bank (Laos)

Tammy Medard is a career woman, a mother, and the CEO of one of the largest banks in the Asia Pacific region – ANZ Bank (Laos). Recently listed on Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Next Generation, she represented the ANZ Bank Group at the Institute of International Finance G20 Conference and led ANZ Laos in its commitment to the United Nation’s Women’s Empowerment Principles.

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