Innovation can be as simple as recycling discarded junk into high-value crafts, or as complex as building new computer applications that help prevent sexual assault. It begins with a bold idea, and the commitment—and resources—to see it through to fruition and beyond.
Some of the best innovations start out as the riskiest. Microcredit institutions, for example, take a leap in lending money to poor communities, with the hope that women (and men) will start small businesses that respond to community needs. In rural Cambodia, an enterprising mother of three might borrow $500 to buy a generator that she and her fellow villagers can use to recharge the batteries they use to power their lights and radios. In addition to helping her care for her family, her success gives her the self-confidence to go on to found more businesses, like making wine and raising pigs. The initial risk proves well worth it.
Whether using the latest technology or the simplest local materials, innovation and social entrepreneurship can harness women’s creativity and energy to tackle pressing issues like climate change, poverty, and access to education.
Fundação Brasil Cidadão para a Educação, Cultura, Tecnologia e Meio Ambiente (FBC)
The Brazilian Citizen’s Foundation contributes to local, sustainable development through the conception and implementation of innovative proposals in education, culture, technology, and the environment. Take Action »
GETSET-GO is a 501(c)(3) social benefit organization that provides high-quality educational opportunities, to empower girls and women to lift themselves out of the trap of poverty, ignorance, abuse and human trafficking. Take Action »
Work Options for Women (WOW)
Work Options for Women's mission is to combat homelessness and poverty by helping unemployed, impoverished women gain the skills and confidence they need to become employed in the food service industry. Take Action »
Solar Sister eradicates energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. Solar Sister combines the breakthrough potential of solar technology with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network. Take Action »
Currently serving women in South and South East Asia, Nomi Network is a non-profit based in New York City dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty that is caused by human trafficking globally. Take Action »
July 3, 2013
Score One for These Mothers of Invention
June 28, 2013 | Profile
The Girl Who Wants to Feed the World
May 15, 2013 | Profile
The Only Girl in the Room