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Saluting Unsung Champions, This International Women's Day and Beyond 

08-Mar-2016 Categories: Afghanistan International Women's Day

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #Pledge for Parity. At IESC, we know that no community, no society, no nation can truly prosper when half the population is cut out of the equation.

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Finding a Voice, Finding a Path 

07-Mar-2016 Categories: Afghanistan International Women's Day

Candid about her insecurities, relentlessly hardworking and quick to recognize those that helped her along the way, Najeba is blazing a trail. To me, she is bravery personified and a role model—not just to me, not just to women, but to all.

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RACHA Executive Director Chan Theary Talks Women's Empowerment  

05-Mar-2016 Categories: Cambodia International Women's Day

Susan Gurley, IESC volunteer expert, completed two volunteer assignments in Cambodia, providing training and mentorship to a large health NGO called the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance. In recognition of International Women’s Day, Susan had a few questions for Chan Theary, the executive director of RACHA.

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For Women, The Struggle to "Have It All" is Universal 

Margarita is special. But she is also representative of countless Dominican women who find great value in their roles as mother, wife, sister, daughter, but also want to grow professionally and have positive impact in their communities and in their country. The struggle to have both is very real, but a firecracker like Margarita won’t let that stand in her way.

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IESC Welcomes Four New Board Members 

03-Mar-2016 Categories: Press Releases

IESC is pleased to announce the addition of Stuart Fleishmann, William R. Rhodes, Margaret Osius, and Susan Gurley to its Board of Directors.

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Businesswomen Learn to Get "Real"  

"Before we could work effectively together, one of my key challenges was to assure the owner that her endeavor was, in fact, a real business as worthy as any other."

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The Far-Reaching Benefits of Women’s Economic Empowerment 

02-Mar-2016 Categories: International Women's Day Lebanon

For Nour, starting a business enabled her to assert her independence, support her family, and build her confidence. But not all women have that opportunity.

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Two IESC Field-Based Staff Members Earn University Degrees  

24-Feb-2016 Categories: Gender Liberia Our Impact Youth
Jackie Howard (left) and Caroline Flowers (right) pose with their BBA diplomas. In 2012, Caroline Flowers and Jackie Howard spotted a flyer at their university—a flyer that... read more
 

In Liberia, Locally-Produced Furniture Gets a Financial Boost  

17-Feb-2016 Categories: Liberia Our Impact

Emmanuel Wesley Sr. is determined to dispel the long-held notion that Liberia doesn’t produce good quality home and office furniture.

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With Access to Credit, Liberian Manufacturer Meets Farmers’ Demand for Agricultural Machinery 

11-Feb-2016 Categories: Liberia Our Impact

From his garage under a shade tree in the central Liberian town Gbarnga, Benedict Sampson applied for another loan, a loan he didn’t get because he couldn’t afford the bank’s repayment terms. Then Sampson got connected with USAID’s Investing for Business Expansion Program (IBEX), which works with both banks and borrowers to increase access to finance for small and medium businesses in Liberia.

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