Projects

A Woman's Nation Lending Team — Investing Forward

Continuing what she began as First Lady of California, Maria Shriver and A Woman’s Nation have partnered with Kiva, the world’s first person-to-person microlending website, to empower thousands of women across America to become more financially independent. Our partnership shows that every loan you make to a woman entrepreneur – even $25 – will make a real difference. 

Kiva works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. One hundred percent of your loan is sent to these microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, who administer the loans in the field.

Kiva relies on a world wide network of over 450 volunteers who work with our Field Partners, edit and translate borrower stories, and ensure the smooth operation of countless other Kiva programs.

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The Shriver Corps.

Inspired by The Shriver Report:  A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the BrinkA Woman’s Nation is partnering with LIFT, the Corporation for National and Community Service and Bank of America to launch a new national service program, The Shriver Corps, utilizing AmeriCorps VISTA members to lift people out of poverty in low-income communities across the country. Over three years, twenty Shriver AmeriCorps VISTA fellows will serve full-time at LIFT sites in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, DC.

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The Women's Conference: Convening The Greatest Hearts and Minds

Hosted by Maria Shriver when she was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010, The Women’s Conference was the nation’s premier forum for women, empowering them to be Architects of Change in their own lives, their communities and the world. In 2010 alone, more than 150 of the world’s greatest voices, hearts and mind came together with 30,000 women to be educated, inspired and empowered. The Women’s Conference was also a global online community, where more than one million women gathered to learn how to truly change the world.

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The Minerva Awards: Remarkable Women, Remarkable Legacies

Created by Maria Shriver in 2004 when she was California’s First Lady, The Minerva Awards became the country’s most prestigious awards given to women “who serve on the front-lines of humanity,” celebrating their extraordinary legacies of service and contributions to California, the nation and the world. Named for the Roman goddess Minerva who graces the California State Seal, the awards honored 33 remarkable women and granted more than $500,000 to further their work.

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