Apr 22, 2010

Invest in Women

Never underestimate the power of investing in human capital. I could throw many different statistics that show how lives and communities can be changed when someone provides low cost feed or fertiliser to a small farmer, or extends credit to a small business trader, etc.

I think of the legacy of my maternal grandfather who saw the value in educating all his children, daughters included, despite pressure from his family not to do so. He was asked "what's the value in educating a girl?"

My mother is a biologist, and her last born is university bound in a few months. Through one man's hard work and unshakeable belief, a family and future generations was changed - there's the value!

This short video from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs could be the story of my family and many others. 


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