Even the Kids Are Doing It: Saving the World…As Easy as 1…2…3

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

Ahkun: Providing a Marketplace Where the Micro-Finance Model Usually Ends

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

Can Pay Toilets Save Lives?

….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?