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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Where Dignity Starts

Jacqueline Novogratz tells a story about her encounter with a woman named Jane from Nairobi. As a child, Jane dreamed of becoming a doctor and marrying the perfect man but after a turn of events, she became a prostitute. Little did Jane know, her childhood dreams would soon be fulfilled in a way she’d never imagined. Jane’s story shows just how far hope, persistence, and a little help can take a person.

Jacqueline Novogratz on escaping poverty | Video on

“When systems are broken like the ones that we’re seeing around the world, it’s an opportunity for invention and for innovation. It’s an opportunity to truly build a world where we can extend services and products to all human beings so that they can make decisions and choice for themselves. I truly believe it’s where dignity starts…” -- Jacqueline Novogratz

GlassFrog blogger, Sherisse


  1. Very moving story.... We should applaud organizations like the Acumen Fund for work like this.

    This shows the bright spots in international aid among many of the questionable and critical practices that I have read about on glassfrog recently.

  2. I read the Acumen Fund wiki article ( and realized what a great business plan they have. Not only do they help areas with poverty but they do so by getting the economy of the poverty-stricken country rolling. This must be a much more effective approach than just donating money.

    I don't know much about this stuff so this might be a stupid question but why don't they have more of these types of organizations? And if they do, what roadblocks do these companies run into? because I don't see significant improvement in the economies of too many third world countries.