At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day, according to The World Bank (2013). Ten dollars a day is not enough for basic human needs and it damages the balance in society. Poverty is the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. Poverty is a common social issue that starts from the first human’s life. Many religions and cultures try to end poverty totally, but they could not. However, there are many new ideas to help poor people through the Internet such as Kiva website. Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to reduce poverty. Kiva helps poor people around the world by giving them the opportunity to have a loan to end their suffering and start their own business. In addition, Kiva does that because it believes that poor people never chose to be poor. As Mohammad Yunus who built The Grameen Bank in Bangladesh that helped poor people says, ” their poverty was not a personal problem due to laziness or lack of intelligence, but a structural one: lack of capital ” Yunus, M. (1999). Poverty has many complex causes and harm effects on people and countries.
Al-Astwra Group is one of millions groups who post their stories in Kiva to have support in their home business. Al-Astwra Group consists of four women who live in Sanaa, Yemen. Their leader Mriam says that they are working from home to have some extra income to help their families’ financial states. They have a year and a half of experience with their home-based sewing and tailoring business. In addition, they succeed to establish a client base in Yemen and they want to improve their business in order to increase their incomes. However, they have sewing skills and they are requesting 50,000 YER to buy sewing machines.
Al-Astwra Group lives in Yemen, which is one of the poorest and least developed countries in our world. Likely, 80% of Yemenis are living in rural areas and most of them are depending on agriculture for their livelihoods, according to Rural Poverty Portal, (2009). Al-Astwra Group did not finish their education for many reasons as many girls in Yemen and they has been effected by their country economy and situation.
Accessing to education is one of the biggest challenges facing children in Yemen today, especially girls. Nearly half of primary school age girls do not go to school, according to The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), (2007). Yemen does not care about education, they have few schools around the country, and both boys and girls mixed in the classes. Many girls in Yemen such as Al-Astwra Group did not get their chance to complete their education for many reasons they got married early, the schools were away from their homes, or their family did not have enough money to educate them. Add to that, the negative social attitudes towards girls’ education. For example, girls represent 27% from 200 thousand students who earned their higher education...