When Hurricane Katrina coincided with Halloween, Random Kid Founder, Talia Leman, decided to raise money for its victims by Trick or Treat-ing for coins instead of candy. She ‘coined’ the effort “TLC” or “Trick or Treat for Loose Change,” set up a website to get other kids involved, got ‘viewed’ by the Today Show, and: “ One day later I was fielding reports from kids all over the USA tracking donations on a map with pushpins. One week later, a local grocery chain agreed to print 8.5 million Trick-or-Treat bags to be given out with my message … Continue reading Even the Kids Are Doing It: Saving the World…As Easy as 1…2…3
Like a cross between Kiva and Etsy, Ahkun works to close the cycle for artisans and micro-enterprise owners who have received micro-finance loans to begin their own business enterprises, by providing them a marketplace to sell their goods. The potential to sell their goods in non-local and international markets (where they may receive higher prices for their products), allows them to continue creating goods, and also to scale up their micro-enterprises. From the Ahkun website: “Ahkun CONNECTS artisans and entrepreneurs to the global marketplace. We harness the power of the web to provide microloan recipients access to the global market, … Continue reading Ahkun: Providing a Marketplace Where the Micro-Finance Model Usually Ends
….the transformation, restoration and sustainability of social dignity in our ever growing urban population. Providing pay toilets in schools, slums and cities may not seem like a revolutionary idea. But when you consider that 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation and that 1.5 million children perish annually as a result- and that 2008 marked the year when 50% of the population resides in cities (which could rise to 5 billion in 2030 per UNFPA)- it’s literally a life saving concept with great future implications. This is why, Ecotact, provider of the Ikotoilet, describes its mission as going beyond … Continue reading Can Pay Toilets Save Lives?