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Women in Social Enterprise LA August 2014





What a fabulous Women in Social Enterprise gathering we had! Want to know what we talked about? Then keep reading for all things SE and cool ways to plug in. Attend to share in the riveting dating stories, food and drink!

We started with introductions and then got a brief presentation from Sydnie on Kiva Zip! Sydnie  has been on a fellowship here in LA from Canada and she shared info on Kiva Zip. Kiva Zip is part of (a platform that joins microfinance loans and crowdfunding together). Sydnie has been helping folks locally who have a new business or are growing a new business and need a loan. Initial loans are $5,000. Loans have a zero percent interest rate. Every day people can help make other people's entrepreneurial dreams come true with as little as $5 towards a loan.

Who gets helped? Folks like Mario of Milagrosa Market. It has always been a dream of his to own his own business. Now he has his own store and is looking to provide healthy choices in his shop and needs a loan to purchase more food products!

What else did we learn about? Some cool companies mentioned below.

Nexleaf Analytics- Nexleaf Analytics is a nonprofit technology company that builds wirelessly connected devices and sensor technologies for critical public health and environmental interventions. One of our SE members, Tara, works here!

Enrou- Enrou is a central marketplace for fashionable products that empowers developing communities around the world.

rHope- rHope’s Purpose is to empower the artisans who make our beautiful products and you, the consumer, who purchases them. SE member, Kristeen, is Co-Founder.

Chicklauncher- Connecting women entrepreneurs with the resources they need to achieve success!

Crowdfunder- Connecting entrepreneurs with investors around the world to help fund their business and fuel economic growth.

Come to our next women in social enterprise gathering on Wednesday Septemeber 3rd at the Hub LA.  We will have a tour of Hub LA and also hear a bit from member Magen on raising capital for your project.  Join our Women in Social Enterprise Facebook Group to be plugged in.

Looking for other incredible social enterprise events in LA. Check out this link by Hostess to Hostess.


rHope at Veteran Feminists of America Conference


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Michele Ceballos Michot and Natalia Ronceria Ceballos

rHope attended the Veteran Feminists of America’s Women and Media Conference thanks to Zoe Nicholson. It was a celebration of second wave feminists who dealt with issues related to sexuality, family, the workplace, reproductive rights  and inequality.  Every woman had an incredible story to share. rHope- Veteran Feminists of America Conference The event focused on Women & Media, with panels such as “Women’s Voices on the Radio” with radio journalists Sonali Kolhatkar, Frieda Werden Maya Jupiter, and Marlene Montanez moderated by Lynn H. Ballen. Research and statistics on the state of women in media were shared. As a result of a severe lack of representation for stories of non stereotypical women in movies or women’s perspectives, media perpetuates gender inequality. Check out this short film by Feminist Frequency on the subject. Additionally, we were treated to an inspiring screening of Jennifer Lee’s “Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation,” a documentary about the women’s liberation movement in the United States from 1963 to 1970. With each panel and story, we thought about the women that rHope supports with our partner Chhoti Si Asha. These women were born to poverty by no fault of their own. We are glad to stand with them and sell their handmade products. When women are economically and socially empowered, they become a potent force for change. Men and boys are taking a more active role in housework as the women are earning a much needed income, and finding a stronger voice. These women are confident, talented and creative. They are rising up against the norms of what is expected of them and are changing the future for the better just as the wonderful Veteran Feminists of America and others have done in the past and continue to do today.  We are indebted to the struggles of women the world over for basic rights and are honored to play our part in it. Thank you for your support! [nggallery id=9]

Women in Social Enterprise Dinner LA at Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine


IMG_0439 Yesterday, our Women in Social Enterprise dinner joined three of my passions, food, social enterprise, and incredible people doing good. The idea began with a few women with social enterprises or plans to begin businesses, who met to create a supportive environment built on doing good, building connections, relationships and community.

Last night we met at Tara’s Himalayan Restaurant in Culver City. In addition to a variety of dishes, including delicious momos and a Nepalese thali with mouth watering korma in coconut milk, a percentage of profits benefit a school in Nepal. IMG_0437

Tara who shares the name of the female Buddha in Buddhism, shared her story of growing up in a mountain village in Nepal, her escape from a bad marriage and the start of her life in the USA. When she arrived in the states, she did not speak or read English which made it tough to find work. Over the years, through hard work and the kindness of others she worked her way up to eventually opening her restaurant in Culver City. Tara is a stellar woman running a business with outstanding food and customer service. Appreciating the importance of education through her own struggles, she wants the girls in her village to be educated, empowered and have access to opportunities which she did not. Students range from the age of 5-12 and of 72 kids 50 are girls. Many of these children come from farming families who would not have the opportunity to get an education. In the future, she wants to help single mothers with literacy as well.

Other attendees included:

Stacy McCoy, founder of Give to Get Jobs, a job board and information hub for jobs that use a sustainable business model to address social and/or environmental issues. A portion of the proceeds from each job posting is donated to fund job creation programs. The site also has an incredible database of social enterprises.

Kristeen Singh, creater of rHope which is about empowered purchasing. It is a social enterprise that builds sustainable livelihoods for underprivileged women in India by selling the beautiful products on this website.

IMG_0442 Colleen Choi spent several months in India volunteering and working with artisans. She is also a jewelry designer and transforms sterling silver, gold, acrylic and wood into unique, one of a kind jewelry for the modern woman.

Amara Javed is a web and graphic designer whose projects involve graphic design for print, web design and development. She created my user friendly website

Molly Drobnick is a graduate with a Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change. She has a passion for social enterprise, environmental and animal rights. Currently she works as a Project Manager for The Energy Coalition. They design and implement energy blueprints that engage community in using accountable energy practices for shared benefit.

Shruti Garg grew up in Socal, but most recently spent 4 years in NY where she worked for the Open Society Foundations. Previously she worked for a women’s rights org in India. She currently is an independent consultant for foundations and nonprofits. Her areas of interests are immigration, workers' rights and human rights.

Karen Levanthal is the founder of, a convenient marketplace for sourcing sustainable and socially responsible products and services. On her site, you'll find companies that offer high quality, environmentally friendly and ethical products, professional services, and raw materials--all of which can better your business, your life and your world. (though not at the dinner she was among that first group of women with whom we started the group).

Email us at: if you would like to learn about upcoming dinners.