economics

Moving from Aid to Opportunity, with Jennifer Paige Holt, Building Markets

Building Markets’ mission is to reduce poverty in conflict-affected countries by creating jobs and encouraging sustainable economic growth. Jennifer Holt grew up in Alabama, a place she says, “has a dark history of racial terrorism.” This history drove Jennifer’s sense of purpose. “I can be an idealist to a fault sometimes, but I’m also a realist,” she explains. Her early work was in direct service, working with adolescents. But it was when she worked in Kosovo with Andrew W. Mellon Foundation‘s Forced Migration Program that her focus began to shift. Jennifer began to see how the economic ecosystem can impact the population. “I decided that I wanted to look at…

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011, Gayatri Datar, EarthEnable | Improving Health and Creating Jobs Through Flooring

When 19-year-old student Gayatri Datar went to bed on Christmas, in 2004, she did not know that the earth was going to shift, and with it, her plans for the rest of her life. Early in the morning, an underwater earthquake sent a massive tsunami along the countries bordering the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people in 14 countries. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Gayatri happened to be in India visiting relatives. She made her way to the coast and sought ways to help. When she arrived, she was moved by the suffering of the people and by the daunting work of the relief agencies….

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011, Gayatri Datar, EarthEnable | Improving Health and Creating Jobs Through Flooring