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  • 01:57


    in Women

    Professor Muhammad Yunus never wanted to be a banker and he certainly never imagined winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet his quest to help the working poor invest in themselves led to both. Known as the father of microcredit, Yunus spent years developing the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, and in 1983 it became a fully licensed bank with a twist-it was owned by its borrowers-mainly poor women, and its mission was to eradicate poverty, not make a profit. Yunus is famous for saying that in developing Grameen he deliberately did the opposite of what a conventional bank would do. Today, the success of Grameen Bank has changed the lives of 7.5 million Bangladeshi borrowers and their families.

    Now brining his bank to America, Grameen America opened for business in a nondescript office building in Jackson Heights, Queens in late 2007.

    This is a non-collateral lending bank, and Gayle Ferarro will be in the studio to tell us all about Grameen Bank and how it works.   Tune in this Friday, and learn all about Grameen Bank.


    In the studio with me will be my Co-Host Sybil Marie Presley, and my radio personalities Sharon Coleman, Larone Woodard, and Rev. Douglas Martin.

    Dial into the show and speak with my guest and ask questions, or tell us your comments. 

    SHOW DIAL IN# 1-646-200-3422, and press 1

    OR...Listen online:  www.blogtalkradio.com/theemilypearlsshow

    The "chat room" will also be open.



  • 00:31

    The Importance of Five Talents and Microcredit Programs

    in Women

    Five Talents fights poverty, creates jobs and transforms lives, empowering the poor using innovative savings and microcredit programs, business training and spiritual development. Mary Beth Campbell joins us to share  the importance of Five Talents and why she is passionate about giving people the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty by providing access to basic savings and microcredit services built on trusted community traditions.  


  • 01:00

    community way and microcredit

    in Lifestyle

    a conversation with Alan Rosenblith and Les Moore about amplifying microcredit and using community way as a self-financing fundraising strategy for creating and developing community currencies in Portland, Seattle, Chicago, London - ie getting money (our own om/cc) into useful circuits where people and communities can thrive, and how we can live in harmony with the rest of the world.

  • 01:08

    Is it Your Country? How to take it back & Shape its Future

    in Culture

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    Wednesday, Dec 4, 6pm EST: Mitchell's guest today is Sam Daley-Harris, founder of RESULTS. Since 1980, RESULTS has identified and advocated for effective solutions to the causes of poverty and worked successfully to increase political will and funding for these solutions through powerful citizen action.In 1995 Daley-Harris initiated the Microcredit Summit Campaign, which surpassed its initial goal of reaching 100 million of the world’s poorest families with microloans in 2007. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus said: “…no other organization has been as critical a partner in seeing to it that microcredit is used as a tool to eradicate poverty and empower women than RESULTS and the Microcredit Summit Campaign.”Daley-Harris is author of Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government, which, according to President Jimmy Carter “provides a road map for global involvement in planning a better future.”

    In 2012 Daley-Harris launched the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation to help organizations more deeply engage their supporters and create champions in Congress and the media for their cause. According to Ashoka founder Bill Drayton, “Sam Daley-Harris is one of the certified great social entrepreneurs of the last decades.”

    Mr. Daley-Harris has degrees in music, played percussion instruments in the Miami Philharmonic, and is a songwriter. He lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife, The Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris and their children Micah and Sophie.

    You can Listen on-line at www.abetterworld.tv

    Or listen by phone! 602 753-1860

  • 01:02

    Was there Genocide in Guatemala?

    in Politics

    In 2013 a Guatemalan court convicted former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt of overseeing acts of genocide against Guatemala’s Ixil Mayan population from 1982 to 1983. The verdict was based on the testimony of 95 witnesses from the Ixil area.  Some Ixils and K’iche’s object to the verdict because they credit Ríos Montt with saving their lives. Was Ríos Montt’s “amnesty” for guerrilla supporters a significant element of what happened in the Ixil area?  Should it have played a greater role in the trial?  Is “genocide” the best description of what happened? 

    Guests on the show:
    David Stoll is an anthropologist who has been working with the people of northern Quiché since the 1980s.  Following the verdict against Ríos Montt, Stoll interviewed Ixils, K’iche’s and Ladinos in Nebaj.  The weekly magazine Contrapoder has just published his analysis of what Nebajenses told him, as well as of the testimony of the trial witnesses.  His most recent book is El Norte or Bust! How Migration Fever and Microcredit Produced a Financial Crash in a Guatemalan Town.  

    Jean-Marie Simon, a graduate of Harvard Law School, worked in Guatemala from 1980 to 1991. She wrote and co-authored six human reports for Human Rights Watch/NY.  Her book, Guatemala: Eternal Spring-Eternal Tyranny (WW Norton 1987), depicts the height of Guatemala's internal armed conflict. 

    Read the transcript of the show here.

  • 00:27

    Welcome Karen Sugar!

    in Women

    Karen Sugar, Founder and Director of Women’s Global Empowerment Fund, graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado in 2008. Her studies focused on gender and development concentrating on the concept of microfinance and its potential to alleviate poverty. Sugar created the Credit Plus model which offers a unique and transformative microfinance and social capital building program.
    Karen has worked for non-profits addressing women and poverty issues throughout her career.
    She founded WGEF in April 2007, believing in the transformative power of MF and the critical need of women in northern Uganda for economic, social and political opportunities. To date WGEF has served over 3200 women, providing microcredit loans, critical educational programming and leadership development in post conflict northern Uganda. Karen travels frequently to Gulu, Uganda to work with the staff and clients of WGEF and is motivated by the belief that given an opportunity, women can rise above poverty with dignity.
    In 2012 WGEF received important recognition for their work. On May 30th WGEF received the International WorkLife Balance award in Milan, Italy in conjunction with the VII World Family Meeting at the presence of Pope Benedict, rewarding efforts that exemplify the best work-family practices.
    In addition, for the third time in the last four years, WGEF and Karen Sugar, were chosen as Top of the Town, readers choice for Favorite Humanitarian by 5280 Magazine; WGEF is designated as a Great Nonprofit by Guidestar; and Karen was recognized for her work with the arts community by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

  • 00:34

    $5 for 5 Winners -SYREETA COLEMAN & NANCY CHAVEZ

    in Business

    From childhood trauma to profitable businesses baking cakes and revealing beauty.  These two ladies reveal the power of supporting women, our dreams and changing your life. Sylvia Global arrives in San Diego county to meet with two of the beneficiaries of the Foundation for Women's services and microcredit support - Syreeta Coleman and Nancy Chavez.  

  • 00:30

    Saving Every Woman From Poverty-$5 for 5-Lindholm

    in Business

    Sylvia Global meets with Deborah LIndholhm before she leaves for Liberia.  Today we kick-off the Foundation for Women's $5 for 5 campaign:$5 for 5:
    5 women create a microcredit group – 5 women together create 5 businesses – 5+ children go to school – $5 changes the statistics of poverty – $5 redefines philanthropy – be a philanthropist by giving $5! – in just 5 seconds!
    GOAL:  200,000 people join this campaign in 60 days – we can eliminate poverty together!
    5 Steps:
     In the USA:  On your cell phone, create a new text to number 52000.   Enter keyword WOMEN (not case sensitive) as the message.   Press send (your gift will be billed to mobile account)   Outside the US or no text capability, follow this link www.foundationforwomen.org   Ask 5 – or 50 – or 500 friends to do this! Women Together = Miracles!  Thank you!

  • 00:34

    Inspiring Creativity-Foundation for Women - Deborah Lindholm

    in Moms and Family

    What happens when we scream for help and no one responds for 20 years?  Returning from Bangladesh, Sylvia Global meets with Deborah Lindholm, Founder/CEO of the Foundation for Women (FFW). The typical FFW microcredit participant is a woman with more than three children, likely living at or below the poverty level and sharing a small house with one or two other families. She may be in Liberia or San Diego, an immigrant, refugee or survivor of domestic abuse with limited education.
      FFW microcredit loans enable her to make anad sell items, buy and resell goods and build businesses - employing all her skills and talents to earn money to support her family. She's eventually able to feed, clothe and send her children to school.

  • 00:14

    See how Whole Planet Foundation is empowering Entrepreneurs in global communities

    in Culture

    One of the coolest things about what I do, is that I meet really cool people doing really cool stuff. Joy Stoddard, Director, Partnership Development and Internal Programs at Whole Planet Foundation (WPF) is definitely one of these people for me. Upon arriving to Whole Planet Foundation’s head office, one is immediately taken back by the huge murals displaying photographs of families around the world benefiting from microloans which Whole Planet Foundations issues to microfinance institutions globally. My interview with Joy touches on various aspects from defining microcredit loans and their benefits to the current Team Member Volunteer Program which Whole Foods Market offers to their employees, allowing employees to do volunteer work in countries such as Costa Rica and Guatemala. One of the really extraordinary aspects of this program is that employees are given an opportunity first hand to see and experience the communities these microloans are benefiting and in several cases, coming back home and working on various campaigns to bring awareness to these projects. This is just such as phenomenal approach illustrating corporate social responsibility and the huge impact it has with employees. Take a listen to my interview with Joy and don’t forget to vote in your favorite story.

  • 01:00

    Who are you? How branding can make or break your business with Ayesha Matthews-Wadhwa of PixInk.

    in Management

    Originally from Bangalore, India, Ayesha Mathews-Wadhwa is the Principal of PixInk , a boutique design studio in San Francisco. She is a Brand Ambassador for MicroCredit Enterprises, heads the San Francisco Bay area chapter of Savor the Success, and serves on the Board of Indus Women Leaders.

    PixInk is a boutique design studio. We collaborate with clients and other agencies to nurture brands and create rich, insightful and emotionally resonant visual communication. Our strategy and creative work has led to successful interactive and marketing implementations for clients ranging from Fortune 500s to start ups, including Apple, Oracle, CAT Footwear, Harley-Davidson, Skin by Alison Raffaele, Camel, Savor the Success and Picaboo. Branding & Visual Identity, Digital Media and Marketing Communication are our areas of expertise.

    As a boutique studio we provide excellent personalized service to all of our clients with focus on responsiveness, detail and quality. We’re visual choreographers. We conceptualize, develop, implement and maintain the project’s visual and messaging integrity, in line with the client’s brand identity, through all phases of the project’s life cycle. PixInk takes a hands-on creative approach, working closely with key executives, copywriters, producers and strategists. PixInk is recognized by our peers in the profession and by our clients for our ability to craft compelling visual stories.

    For additional information, please visit: http://www.pixinkdesign.com/