Your Mark On The World http://yourmarkontheworld.com Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:42:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Turning Sunlight Into Tax Advantaged Income http://yourmarkontheworld.com/turning-sunlight-tax-advantaged-income/ http://yourmarkontheworld.com/turning-sunlight-tax-advantaged-income/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:15:02 +0000 http://yourmarkontheworld.com/?p=7504 Clean Energy Advisors sponsors the Your Mark on the World Center which publishes this site. Many people are looking for practical ways to participate in the booming solar energy industry. Clean Energy Advisors, our sponsor, offers a way for accredited investors to participate in solar energy projects. The Clean Energy Advisors investment model is described […]

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Clean Energy Advisors sponsors the Your Mark on the World Center which publishes this site.

Many people are looking for practical ways to participate in the booming solar energy industry. Clean Energy Advisors, our sponsor, offers a way for accredited investors to participate in solar energy projects.

The Clean Energy Advisors investment model is described in the video below.

We all understand the primary appeal of solar power is that the fuel–sunlight–is free and abundant. CEA uses investors’ capital to fund small utility-scale solar projects. Each project has a contract, typically 25 years, in place to sell solar power. The buyer or “off taker” is obligated to buy all of the power produced during the contract. The off takers are carefully underwritten to assure future cash flows. The off takers are usually utilities who sell the power to commercial and residential customers who otherwise might receive power from nonrenewable sources.

The power purchase agreements or PPAs are structured as fixed rate contracts for the term of the agreements. CEA receives and manages the revenues and then makes quarterly, tax advantaged distributions to investors. Payments made during the first seven years are deemed to be tax free.

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On Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 3:00 Eastern, Scott will join me here for a live discussion about the Clean Energy Advisors tax-advantaged model for investing in solar energy. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

Scott Hill, courtesy of Clean Energy Advisors

Scott Hill, courtesy of Clean Energy Advisors

More about Clean Energy Advisors:

Twitter: @cleanenergyadv

Clean Energy Advisors (CEA) creates ownership opportunities for investors in utility scale solar energy projects that generate tax-advantaged predictable income, preserve capital, and have positive social and environmental impact.

Scott’s bio:

Twitter: @williamandhill

Scott Hill has over twenty years of entrepreneurial experience including a significant perspective on business start-ups and building successful small businesses. Mr. Hill has been with CEA since April 2014.

His duties include overseeing the firms family office, endowment, foundation, and UHNW client strategies. He has served as a panelist at US based family office conferences and enjoys speaking on impact investing, renewable energy opportunities, and the future of Solar PV worldwide.

Scott is a 1991 graduate of Columbia University and four year member of the football program. He lives near Nashville, TN with his wife and children. He’s also actively involved in his community and church.

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Your Travel Can Help Build Africa http://yourmarkontheworld.com/travel-can-help-build-africa/ http://yourmarkontheworld.com/travel-can-help-build-africa/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:25:29 +0000 http://yourmarkontheworld.com/?p=7499 Sana Butler, founder of Transformative Tourism, wants wealthy tourists to travel with her to Africa to drive positive impact. Her innovative model for tourism is intended to help protect UNESCO World Heritage sites that are underfunded, to protect the environment and to help low-income people and communities lift themselves out of poverty. There is a […]

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Sana Butler, founder of Transformative Tourism, wants wealthy tourists to travel with her to Africa to drive positive impact. Her innovative model for tourism is intended to help protect UNESCO World Heritage sites that are underfunded, to protect the environment and to help low-income people and communities lift themselves out of poverty.

There is a fundamental flaw in the existing tourism model in Africa; most of the money that goes in flows out, she says.

Sana says, “The problem is that visitors spend about $40 billion a year in Sub-Saharan Africa; as much as 90% of it ‘leaks out’ to bank accounts of multi-national companies.”

This isn’t just a problem that slows economic growth-though it is that, too, she says. “As a result, significant local sustainable tourism development options like UNESCO World Heritage sites are left to deteriorate due to lack of investment funds; locals living in poverty in and around sites are left out of an opportunity to bring in as much as $100 million in annual visitor revenue. The base of the pyramid continues to suffer and grow in the region not because money doesn’t flow into host communities; everyday Africans remain poor because the money never stays.”

Sana’s model for Transformative Tourism is to cater to small numbers of high income travelers, providing them with luxury experiences, provided by local communities.

Sana says, “We will build very small, high-value ecotourism resorts as a sustainable tool to pay for the long road conservation of abandoned sites. We then swarm locals with what they need to manage and operate the sites, exclusively, creating infrastructure of economic retention. The preservation and revival of abandoned UNESCO World Heritage sites offer the greatest promise to disrupt tourism forces that produce and reproduce inequality in the region.”

Sana has identified four specific challenges that she faces in developing her new model. The challenges all relate to how she will convince all the key players from customers, to vendors and investors that her model works.

1. We think differently on how to approach impact. We believe the extreme poor should be connected to significant purchasing power – not to each other.

2. We aren’t in the big fvie: health, energy, technology, agriculture and education; so we are left out of a lot of conferences and debates on social impact.

3. We operate in the world of luxury. We have to convince people that those with significant purchasing power are more likely to make lasting change.

4. We have to walk a thin line between what people want to believe happens in the tourism industry in terms of sustainable development (a lot) and the reality (very little).

Sana is realistic. She recognizes that her approach doesn’t solve all of the world’s problems–or even to protect all of the at-risk UNESCO World Heritage sites. She identifies three specific limitations to her strategy.

1. Not every revived UNESCO World Heritage site will attract enough visitors to experience real earning potential.

2. The solution cannot be replicated in countries that do not have a UNESCO World Heritage site.

3. The government may not honor our contracts with indigenous communities and hand over a restored site to a multi-national firm to manage, which is how it is traditionally done in Africa.

Despite the challenges and limitations, she remains optimistic. “We are eradicating poverty and preserving the history of mankind. But more important, we are leveling the inequality in the world.”

Vince Molinari of our sponsor Eclat Impact, shares her enthusiasm. “I believe affluent travelers will be eager to participate in transformative tourism as it is catalyzing on many levels.  There will be many wealthy diaspora members who will be eager to explore their heritage while having an impact aspect of their travel.”

He notes, too, that cross-border travel improves international relations. “The data is clear that nations that have travel and tourism between them have low to no level of conflict.”

“Transformative Tourism can be the low hanging fruit that readily job creates, adds to GDP and moves the impact needle toward creating systemic change and opportunity for global youth,” he concludes.

On Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1:00 Eastern, Sana will join me here for a live discussion about Transformative Tourism and your opportunity to travel with her to change the world. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

Sana Butler, courtesy of Transformative Tourism

Sana Butler, courtesy of Transformative Tourism

More about Transformative Tourism

Transformative Tourism is a new conservation organization devoted exclusively to private sector solutions for protection and preservation of some of the world’s most significant yet abandoned UNESCO World Heritage sites in Africa; we purposively use low-volume, high-end tourism as a sustainable, long-road revenue tool to pay for the initiatives. Our profits swarm locals with what they need to manage and operate revived sites as well as competitive SME clusters around them (think art gallery, boutique hotel, coffee lounge). Everything about our work is designed so that by 2030 local businesses in or around World Heritage sites thrive out of poverty with paradigm links, not to each other, but to those with serious purchasing power.

Sana’s bio:

Before Transformative Tourism, Sana was a luxury travel writer for Newsweek UK. For more than a decade, she crisscrossed the globe advising millions on the world’s best 5-star hotels and spas. She is a frequent United Nations World Tourism Organization speaker and adviser, encouraging tourism ministers in developing countries to focus on infrastructure that drives economic retention and local sustainable development solutions for eradicating poverty. Sana participated in the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative Middle East & Africa in 2015 and is an Unreasonable Institute Lab Fellow, the same year. But her claim to fame was as a tv writer for the last season of Star Trek Enterprise. She has a BSBA from Georgetown University and a MS from Columbia University.

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The Power of Kindness Creates Success http://yourmarkontheworld.com/power-kindness-creates-success/ http://yourmarkontheworld.com/power-kindness-creates-success/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:10:29 +0000 http://yourmarkontheworld.com/?p=7488 Kindness. You’ve probably thought of kindness as a key to good personal relationships. You may have even applied kindness to your daily interactions with coworkers. Have you ever thought kindness was the key to success in business? Westminster College professor Dr. Vicki Whiting says it is. In a powerful TEDx talk at her college, she […]

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Kindness. You’ve probably thought of kindness as a key to good personal relationships. You may have even applied kindness to your daily interactions with coworkers. Have you ever thought kindness was the key to success in business?

Westminster College professor Dr. Vicki Whiting says it is. In a powerful TEDx talk at her college, she makes the case that WalMart may one day cease to exist because it lacks the kindness its founder once imbued into the organization.

Dr. Vicki Whiting at TEDx Westminster, courtesy of Westminster College

Dr. Vicki Whiting at TEDx Westminster, courtesy of Westminster College

She offers three key observations about kindness:

1. Kindness is powerful.

Kindness is the most powerful tool leaders have at their disposal if they desire to create the connection and commitment necessary to afford long term success. Leaders as far back as Aristotle teach us that kindness sits at the heart of meaningful relationships. It is through meaningful relationship that customers are loyal to an organization, that employees are committed to an organization’s vision, that co-workers trust one another to work productively to achieve an organization’s goals. Success is predicated on meaningful relationships, and meaningful relationships are based on the principles of kindness.

2. Kindness is more than “being nice.”

Kindness involves tough aspects including honesty and accountability, as well as softer aspects such as empathy and compassion. When we make decisions based on kind principles, when we communicate with kindness, then we connect with others such that they feel valued and respected, resulting in relationships of commitment, support, and satisfaction, all of which lead to individual and organizational success.

3. Listening is kind.

The best way to act with kindness is to be a great listener. Peter Drucker offered eight principles for successful leadership, yet he only had one specific “rule” necessary to effectively influencing the behavior of others. Drucker, along with other highly regarded thought leaders agree that listening is the key behavior that demonstrates kindness and lays the framework upon which individual success is based.

On Thursday, September 29, 2016 at noon Eastern, Vicki will join me here for a live discussion about her remarkable insights about the power of kindness in business. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

Vicki Whiting, courtesy of Westminster College

Vicki Whiting, courtesy of Westminster College

More about Westminster College:

Twitter: @westminsterSLC

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

Vicki’s bio:

Twitter: @docwhiting

Dr. Vicki R. Whiting, professor and award winning author, brings over twenty-five years of business and leadership experience to classrooms and executives throughout the United States. Vicki has focused her teaching, research, and consulting experience in the area of organizational leadership, most specifically on personal and organizational leadership development through mentor relationships, leveraging strengths, and developing effective organizational interactions. Publications in numerous academic journals compliment her recent award winning health care advocacy book, “In Pain We Trust.” Her writing and research integrate across leadership, mentorship and service learning.

During the past several years, Vicki has consulted in both public and private organizations such as United Therapeutics, OC Tanner, L-3 Communications, Chevron Corporation, Swift Transportation, Right Consulting, CEObuilders, MyFamily.com Corporation. Consulting engagements have ranged in scope from large scale organizational development opportunities, identifying cost savings initiatives of more than $18 million in a six-month period for Swift Transportation; to individualized executive success coaching.

Prior to moving into the classroom and consulting arena, Vicki had a twelve-year career in the technology industry culminating in an appointment as Director of Technical Services at Digital Systems International. Vicki was a member of the upper management team responsible for corporate growth of over 700%, including participating in the company’s IPO. Vicki contributed to the operational excellence which ultimately led to the organization’s acquisition by Lucent Technologies.

Vicki’s work experience also includes technical sales for NCR Corporation and internal software support for Safeco Insurance. Vicki is currently a senior faculty member at Westminster College and has taught at the University of Utah and at the University of Southern California. Vicki received her doctoral degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. As a doctoral candidate, Vicki was chosen to represent the college at the request of the University’s President when she received the prestigious Sample Fellowship award. She received her M.B.A. from Seattle University and her B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University.

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NET Effects Traders: Changing Lives. One Bag at a Time. http://yourmarkontheworld.com/net-effects-traders-changing-lives-one-bag-time/ http://yourmarkontheworld.com/net-effects-traders-changing-lives-one-bag-time/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:48:42 +0000 http://yourmarkontheworld.com/?p=7487 This is a guest post from Ardice Farrow, the Founder and Director of Net Effects Traders. At the age of 63 I looked back on my amazing life. A life full of adventure, love and deep satisfaction. I looked forward into those “golden years” – the last third of my life and wondered to myself “What […]

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This is a guest post from Ardice Farrow, the Founder and Director of Net Effects Traders.

At the age of 63 I looked back on my amazing life. A life full of adventure, love and deep satisfaction. I looked forward into those “golden years” – the last third of my life and wondered to myself “What do I want to do with these years? What do I want my final legacy to be?”

I knew I wanted to be having the time of my life, I wanted another grand adventure and I knew that I wanted to contribute to women and children. I wanted to “Retire on Purpose”. I had no experience with nonprofits, social programs or teaching in the classroom but at the age of 63 there is little to lose and much to gain so I hopped on a plane to Cambodia after a short volunteer stint in Tanzania.

I did not expect to fall in love at this late stage in my life. But I did. Within weeks I was head over heels in love with Cambodia. Despite the wretched past of the Khmer Rouge and massive genocide and the generational poverty that grips most of the country the Cambodians are the most loving, generous, joy filled and funny folks I have ever met. I was further seduced by the warm tropical weather the drama and the romance of the torrid monsoon rains and the mighty moonlit Mekong River. I loved the food, the crazy traffic and I could wear flip flops every day.

I was soon hired by a large non-profit organization to create leadership programs for young adults, empowerment programs for impoverished moms and women working in small fair trade garment centers.

After two years of experiencing the power of Trade instead of Aid, trying to break the cycle of generational poverty, I had developed a huge affinity for the disenfranchised women of Cambodia. They had become my friends. I had sat in their humble homes – hundreds of make-shift shelters built on an old landfill with conditions that would appall most of us here in the West. I had shared the triumph of their children in school, the heartbreak of abusive husbands and not having enough food and helped those in the small garment centers build their confidence, self-respect and leadership skills.

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Empowered by their growing skills as artisans and good wages I saw these capable women become confident, as collecting a fair wage led to more financial freedom and allowed them to make good decisions for their families and continue to educate themselves. My adventure had turned a corner. I was now an advocate to end generational poverty and provide structures for partnership instead philanthropy. I asked myself ‘What could I do to accelerate this process?’

And so Net Effects Traders was born. Net Effects Traders is a focused on creating fabulous fashion bags for western consumers made by artisans in Cambodia for whom I provide training and fair wage jobs. I also have the great good fortune of partnering with a Phnom Penh design and production team and a Cambodian business leader who had been training landmine and polio survivors, hearing impaired and impoverished mothers for over a decade.

These are incredibly wonderful and hardworking people would have been left to scavenge the streets at night for cans and bottles to sell just to feed their families or been found on a street corner, child in hand, begging for a few coins from passing cars.

Today the Net Effects collection features everything from wallet – clutch hybrids to durable beach totes and hip retro style messenger bags. We decided our colorful bags and totes should be “zero waste” made from repurposed industrial and agricultural netting found in Cambodia that would otherwise end up in the city dump. We also decided to give back further by donating portion of our proceeds to “Nothing But Nets”, the international organization that is distributing mosquito nets to impoverished families around the globe.

I now have the pleasure of promoting the notion of “Shopping for Change” and speaking to the life-altering impact consumers can have simply by becoming more and more conscious about the companies they buy from. One does not need to hop on a plane and fly across the globe to make a difference. But I’m glad I did.

Ardice Farrow

Ardice Farrow

About Ardice Farrow:

Ardice splits her time between Cambodia and Los Angeles, as Founder and Director of Net Effects Traders. Practicing Trade not Aid, Ardice advocates to impact and empower disenfranchised Cambodian women through training, fair wage jobs and great working conditions.

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Everyone Said he Couldn’t Do It, But That Didn’t Stop Him http://yourmarkontheworld.com/everyone-said-couldnt-didnt-stop/ http://yourmarkontheworld.com/everyone-said-couldnt-didnt-stop/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:00:21 +0000 http://yourmarkontheworld.com/?p=7477 Everyone told him he couldn’t do it. Jack Andraka was a typical teenager. When a close family friend died of pancreatic cancer, Jack learned that most people are diagnosed too late. Patients don’t develop symptoms until they are too sick to survive. So Jack decided to develop a better diagnostic test. He began reading the scientific literature. He […]

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Everyone told him he couldn’t do it.

Jack Andraka was a typical teenager. When a close family friend died of pancreatic cancer, Jack learned that most people are diagnosed too late. Patients don’t develop symptoms until they are too sick to survive.

So Jack decided to develop a better diagnostic test.

He began reading the scientific literature. He even sneaked an article on carbon nanotubes into his biology class. The teacher caught him. When the teacher scolded him for not paying attention to the lecture on antibodies, he had an epiphany.

He realized that antibodies in nanotubes could be just the trick for diagnosing cancer.

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He applied to hundreds of labs to conduct his experiments.

Hundreds of labs said “No.”

Finally, one said “Yes.”

He spent seven months in the lab and developed a working diagnostic test strip.

  • It costs 3 cents to produce.
  • It takes 5 minutes to run.
  • It is 168 times faster than the gold standard test.
  • It is 400 times more sensitive.

Jack says his talent isn’t unusual. He says, “If a 15-year-old who didn’t quite know what a pancreas was could find a new way to affect pancreatic cancer, imagine what you could do.”

Learn more on Forbes.

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She Left a Student; She Returned an Activist http://yourmarkontheworld.com/left-student-returned-activist/ http://yourmarkontheworld.com/left-student-returned-activist/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:00:35 +0000 http://yourmarkontheworld.com/?p=7474 Everything changed when she got there. Ann Cotton was studying in Cambridge. She wanted to know why so few girls were attending school in Zimbabwe. There were 7 boys for every girl in school. She’d repeatedly heard that parents didn’t want to send their girls to school. Then, in 1991, she traveled to Zimbabwe. When she talked to […]

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Everything changed when she got there.

Ann Cotton was studying in Cambridge. She wanted to know why so few girls were attending school in Zimbabwe. There were 7 boys for every girl in school. She’d repeatedly heard that parents didn’t want to send their girls to school.

Then, in 1991, she traveled to Zimbabwe.

When she talked to parents, she learned they did want to educate their girls. The problem was money. They didn’t have enough money to send all their children to school. Forced to choose, they sent their boys who had better prospects for work.

She returned to Cambridge an activist.

Ann Cotton

Ann Cotton

No one believed her. She had to go it alone. She held bake sales to raise the money to send 32 girls to school in Zimbabwe. The girls prospered and Ann grew the program.

She called her organization The Campaign for Female Education or CamFed. CamFed has now directly supported the education of 1.4 million children in five countries in Africa.

What if she had never gone?

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Corporations Evil? Not This One! http://yourmarkontheworld.com/corporations-evil-not-one/ http://yourmarkontheworld.com/corporations-evil-not-one/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:45:09 +0000 http://yourmarkontheworld.com/?p=7439 Corporations are evil, the contemporary narrative says. dōTERRA, a billion-dollar direct marketer of essential oils, sought to violate that narrative by actually being good for the world. It established its “co-impact sourcing” program in developing countries around the world to improve the livelihoods of small-holder farmers and their communities. The 2015 earthquakes in Nepal devastated communities […]

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Corporations are evil, the contemporary narrative says.

dōTERRA, a billion-dollar direct marketer of essential oils, sought to violate that narrative by actually being good for the world. It established its “co-impact sourcing” program in developing countries around the world to improve the livelihoods of small-holder farmers and their communities.

The 2015 earthquakes in Nepal devastated communities where the company was working to establish wintergreen production. This proved to be a moment of truth for the company.

Would it cut and run or double down?

The company doubled down, bringing substantial aid to the affected communities. In the spring of 2016, the company’s Healing Hands Foundation constructed 500 desks and two schools, including the first new school built after the earthquakes.

dōTERRA  also put people to work, helping 20 communities rattled by the earthquake to put wintergreen distillation units into production.

dōTERRA  is proving that corporations don’t have to be evil.

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1.1 Million Refugees Arrive in Germany; What Happens Next Will Inspire You http://yourmarkontheworld.com/1-1-million-refugees-arrive-germany-happens-next-will-inspire/ http://yourmarkontheworld.com/1-1-million-refugees-arrive-germany-happens-next-will-inspire/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:52:22 +0000 http://yourmarkontheworld.com/?p=7436 She thought the images weren’t fair. When Anne Kjaer Reichert saw the photos in the media of some of the 1.1 million refugees arriving in Germany, she said, “We need to stop talking about refugees and start talking with refugees instead.” Anne met a refugee named Mohammad, who had been a programmer. He explained that […]

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She thought the images weren’t fair.

When Anne Kjaer Reichert saw the photos in the media of some of the 1.1 million refugees arriving in Germany, she said,

“We need to stop talking about refugees and start talking with refugees instead.”

Anne met a refugee named Mohammad, who had been a programmer.

He explained that he couldn’t program because he didn’t have a computer.

She knew that 43,000 I.T. jobs were open in Germany.

So, she decided to launch the ReDI School of Digital Integration to teach them coding skills.

In one year, she launched her nonprofit school and has already trained dozens of students.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan even visited the school and “geeked out” with students.

The program is working!

Her students even created an app called Bureaucrazy to help refugees navigate the bureaucracy.

Rotary’s John Hewko said, “If we don’t act now to build the conditions for peace, then events that undermine it will only increase.”

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She Feared the Worst and Found It Was True http://yourmarkontheworld.com/feared-worst-found-true/ http://yourmarkontheworld.com/feared-worst-found-true/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:30:39 +0000 http://yourmarkontheworld.com/?p=7434 “We had to let them use us,” they said. Celeste’s mind raced. What did they mean? She feared the worst. The girls confirmed that they were being sexually exploited for access to feminine hygiene products. The girls were ecstatic receiving their first reusable pads. Celeste Mergens is the founder of Days for Girls, a nonprofit that […]

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“We had to let them use us,” they said.

Celeste’s mind raced. What did they mean?

She feared the worst. The girls confirmed that they were being sexually exploited for access to feminine hygiene products.

The girls were ecstatic receiving their first reusable pads.

Celeste Mergens is the founder of Days for Girls, a nonprofit that provides washable, reusable sanitary pads to girls in the developing world.

Celeste says, “If you are sitting on a pile of leaves [for lack of a pad] how can you believe you have as much to contribute to your community as anyone else and that your voice counts?”

She’s learned that 2.6 million girls are not attending school in Kenya alone. Providing sanitary pads keeps girls in school and breaks cycles of poverty—in addition to reducing gender-based violence.

Having already reached 300,000 girls in 101 countries, her “audacious” goal is to reach every woman and girl in the world by 2022.

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Paul Elio Built A True 21st Century Car Company http://yourmarkontheworld.com/paul-elio-built-true-21st-century-car-company/ http://yourmarkontheworld.com/paul-elio-built-true-21st-century-car-company/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:13:03 +0000 http://yourmarkontheworld.com/?p=7432 Paul Elio says, “It was 2008, gas prices were through the roof and wealth was pouring out of our country. Every night, I’d come home and watch the news and get angry about what was happening. I decided to do something about it.” Paul thinks you shouldn’t have to be rich to own a car. […]

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Paul Elio says, “It was 2008, gas prices were through the roof and wealth was pouring out of our country. Every night, I’d come home and watch the news and get angry about what was happening. I decided to do something about it.”

Paul thinks you shouldn’t have to be rich to own a car. In fact, he says transportation is the most important factor in getting out of poverty.

He also wants to create jobs here in the U.S. But what can one person do?

Launching a new car company requires a lot of money. “Everyone” says it can’t be done. That hasn’t stopped him.

In 2009, Paul launched Elio Motors to produce 3-wheeled cars that get 84 miles per gallon and cost just $7,300.

In February of 2016, Elio Motors completed a Regulation A+ Mini IPO. Today, the shares trade under the ticker ELIO and the company has a market capitalization of half a billion dollars.

Elio is taking reservations now for deliveries in 2017.

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