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Nepal - The Story of TEWA
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TEWA is the preeminent women’s non-governmental
organization in Nepal. It raises funds inside Nepal and elsewhere to support
national and grassroots women’s empowerment programs that fight effectively for
economic opportunity, social justice, peace and gender equality.
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Stories 

Everyone Has A Story. What's Yours?

 

We will gather and share stories and testimonials from those who've experienced engagement in global economic opportunities, whether at home or abroad.

 


 

MicroCredit Reunion WV Award 067Susan Cornell, Wilkes

Co-Founder, GH4W

After over 35 years of traveling to developing countries, I believe passionately that their women, with a little support, can transform the lives of their families and communities. 

I grew up in Washington where international people were in and out of our home constantly.  I went to Radcliffe/Harvard with no plans for a career, but I was captured by the women’s movement and the idealism of the 1960s. So I became a co-founder of Up With People, Inc.  I traveled with it as an advance person, writing press releases, organizing home stays, and finally leading groups all over the world – living out of a suitcase for over five years.

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susan plimptonSusan Plimpton

 Co-Founder, GH4W

My interest in "things international" developed in college as a result of spending a summer abroad living with a Swedish family through The Experiment in International Living program.  Upon graduating from Wellesley College, I was determined to work for an international nonprofit organization ideally focused on development or conflict resolution.  With few skills and modest foreign language ability, that was not to be and I landed instead with Pan American Airways in San Francisco.  Although not meeting my desire for social impact, it did provide opportunities for extensive international exposure and deepened my commitment to work for an international nonprofit. A new International Career Training Program developed by The Experiment in International Living for college graduates seeking appropriate skills and experience presented itself and I was off to Tanzania to intern with the African American Institute and to live with a Tanzanian family.  This was my first real exposure to poverty and how hard the women in a family worked simply to feed and manage her family.  I also realized how important education was to a path out of poverty.  

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carole whitehill lrgCarole H. Whitehill

 

Carole Whitehill has over 30 years of financial management experience in the for profit corporate world.  Her work extended from being controller for a chain of small newspapers to CFO of the San Francisco Newspaper Agency (San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner newspapers).  She is a graduate of Smith College, with an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Carole has an active volunteer life.  She has served on several nonprofit Boards, is past President of the Rotary Club and is currently involved in her Rotary District.    

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felicity heffernanFelicity Heffernan

 

Throughout my 35 year career I have always been involved with finance. From the time I left school I worked in a Bank. When I left my bank job to have children I set up a Vendor Finance business to assist people with finance to buy a home without bank finance. I took a 2 year unplanned sabbatical in 2008, I was exhausted and needed a break, I discovered that being bored was way worse than being exceptionally busy. I was inspired after my 2010 trip to East Africa, to reignite my business interest, and established a Mortgage Brokering and Property Advisory business with the view that some of my profits could be used to support my charitable interests. I have now written a book titled Limitless Wealth and the profits from the book are donated to Living Goods.

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marleen geyenMarleen Geyen

 

I discovered a great opportunity when I traveled with Global Horizons to the countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, auditing and speaking with women business owners about the advantages and disadvantages of micro-credit funding organizations. The opportunity: speak to and encourage these women to continue their progress in business building and local community change. To top it off I found that these women know a thing or two about business!

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