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A Kenyan Restauranteur Flourishes Through Microfinancing | Independent Lens | PBS

Duration: 02:22
Program: Independent Lens
Broadcast Date: Sep. 21, 2012

Watch Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women - premiering October 1 & 2 on PBS! Olivia Wilde and Nick Kristof visit Joyce, a Kenyan woman who owns a restaurant in Nairobi. Joyce is a member of Jamii Bora, Kenya's largest microfinance organization and a powerful agent of change for the country's women. It provides loans to individuals, including former beggars, prostitutes, and the severely impoverished, who would be unable to pursue their ambitions without financing. About the Series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a landmark transmedia project featuring a four-hour PBS primetime national and international broadcast event, a Facebook-hosted social action game, mobile games, two interactive websites, educational video modules with companion text, and an impact assessment plan all inspired by Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the widely acclaimed book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The series follows Kristof, WuDunn, and six celebrity activists including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, and Nicole Kidman as they travel to nine countries and meet inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. Embedded in the linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based ...

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Post Date: September 21, 2012