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Author: Maura Devine

Harriet Nakibuuka, 31, is hardworking and ambitious. The skills she learned from Street Business School (SBS) have allowed her to continue working toward her dreams, even during the COVID-1 19 pandemic. After years of living in extreme poverty, Harriet graduated from SBS in 2017. Harriet’s entrepreneurial spirit...

By Devin Hibbard Social entrepreneurship applies market-driven principles to solve social or environmental problems. Put another way: Social enterprises make money, but they balance their quest for revenue growth with a motivation to have a positive impact on the world.  Given the modern boon of purpose-driven businesses,...

27-year-old Hadijjah Tewalikisingakata lives in Kampala with her husband and three children. Her journey from an unemployed woman to a business owner who demonstrates persistence, courage and resilience is an example of the transformational power of Street Business School (SBS). Before joining SBS, Hadijjah did not...

By Devin Hibbard The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in May 2020, coupled with the coronavirus pandemic and its disparate impact on communities of color worldwide, have forced a global reckoning around racial justice. More and more people are beginning to ask questions...

By Devin Hibbard The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which ran from 2000 to 2015, are largely considered one of the most successful anti-poverty campaigns in history. In addition to reducing global poverty by nearly half, the success of the MDGs resulted in greater equity...

By Devin Hibbard There is no one more resilient than a woman entrepreneur, and millions of tenacious women continue to prove this every day. Research makes clear that women entrepreneurs are facing a disproportionate impact from the coronavirus pandemic. Woman-owned businesses are more likely to operate in...

NGOs fighting to empower women living below the poverty line are challenged by our new reality. COVID-19 compels us to alter our day-to-day practices to protect ourselves and others. These necessary changes have unintended consequences. Those living in poverty are particularly vulnerable to the pandemic...

During a presentation about Street Business School (SBS), I asked a group of busy professionals what giving back meant to them. One woman said she had grand plans of becoming more involved with her favorite nonprofit, and instead “ended up just writing another check.” I had...

Saida Awori is resilient, adaptable, and works hard, especially when challenges arise. Saida joined Street Business School (SBS) in 2017 after hearing a bullhorn announcement in Mutungo, where she lived. Saida was a stay-at-home mother to three children and her husband was unemployed. Together, they lived...