Mar 24, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
By Camille Ricketts
Women's empowerment from a man's perspective
This guest post is by comedian and performer Dan Levy, host of several shows on MTV and more. This is the fourth of a series of posts celebrating Women's History Month and the incredible impact women can have on their families and communities when they have access to the right resources.

We are fortunate to be living in a world that is shaped by many strong women.

Whether it be a political force like Hillary Clinton or a media mogul like Oprah Winfrey, a fashion pioneer like Diane Von Furstenberg or a literary mastermind like the great Joan Didion. Our culture would not be the same without the contributions made by these amazing women and many, many more who may not be household names.

Imagine if all of these women hadn’t had the opportunity to chase their dreams, if they’d been inhibited by circumstances beyond their control, if they hadn’t been able to flourish in their fields and make their mark on our cultural landscape? Where would we be today?

Now imagine how many other women around the world have the power to influence in a similar capacity but don’t have the means to get their voices heard -- yet.

Thanks to the partnership between Kiva and skin care system Dermalogica, more female entrepreneurs around the world will have the opportunity to build businesses and achieve financial independence.

Microloans empower these women to make their dreams a reality and allow them to pursue the careers and goals they’ve always wanted for themselves. And it couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is fund a loan on for as little as $25.

Who knows how many more women around the world have the power to change the way we live, the way we see things, the way we think. Maybe they just need a little help -- your help -- to get there.

It’s something to think about.

Learn more about Dan Levy's projects on his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter at @danjlevy.

Photos courtesy of Kiva and Wikimedia Commons.

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Camille brings her passion for storytelling to Kiva, where she helps create and curate online content. A longtime journalist, she started her career reporting on arts and culture for the Wall Street Journal in London and New York. In 2008, she joined San Francisco-based blog VentureBeat, writing about  green technology, policy and finance. Most recently, she worked in public relations for electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors. Outside of work, Camille volunteers as a web designer for maternal health nonprofit Saving Mothers. She holds a B.A. in women's history from Stanford University, where she also served as editor in chief of The Stanford Daily.

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