When I went to donate to empowering women on Global Giving
, the first thing that struck me was the shear immensity of the number of possible projects to donate to. The list seemed endless, and all of them just as important as the last. How I can choose to donate to literacy education over reproductive health care? Helping woman achieve financial stability over empowering abused Vietnamese women? And which one do I donate to when there are many projects doing such similar things?
Eventually I decided to donate to Training 20 Ghana Young Women Social Entrepreneurs
. I figured that by helping this cause, these women could go on to start social enterprises that would help all of the other causes.
What really made me want to donate to this cause however, is a fact I learned from The Girl Effect
: "When girls and women earn income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families, as compared to only 30 or 40 percent for a man,"
This ability to reinvest I think makes girls excellent entrepreneurs, something for which I believe they are an untapped economic resource.