Jessica Jackley

Cofounder, Kiva.org

EMPHASIS: Entrepreneurship
FOCUS AREAS: West Africa, East Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Central America
FACEBOOK: Facebook
TWITTER: @kiva
WEBSITE: kiva.org

The Kiva microfinance system is well suited for women--who produce half the world's food, yet earn just 10 percent of the world's income--in part because women have proven they will reinvest in their families and their children's education. Eighty percent of Kiva's borrowers are women entrepreneurs (that amounts to $256 million in loans for women), who hail from more than 60 countries.

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