Farhana Huq, C.E.O. Women Founder – Giving U™

CEO_FarhanaFarhana and I met through Jane actually, when I was working for Ashoka and was asked to “mentor” Farhana for a year.  (This post is a bit incestuous in terms of my clientele, but whatever, that’s how I meet people.) When her organization’s Dir. of Development left, I stepped in on an interim basis for 6 months to work for CEO Women.

CEO Women creates economic opportunities for low-income immigrant and refugee women through teaching English, communications and entrepreneurship skills, so they can establish successful livelihoods. The organization then provides women with intensive mentoring, coaching and access to capital needed to start a small business.

It’s a rad organization that has a tremendously smart approach about teaching the principles of business to immigrant women through the Grande Cafe telenovela (Latin soap opera) format. I had good fun working there.

Farhana also introduced me to the crisis occurring in the Congo.  I wrote 2 posts about the genocide that is occurring there, with very little interest from the developed world in stopping the atrocities:

  • • Why I Care About the Congo
  • • What if We Killed all the Norwegians?

Another thing to dig about Farhana: She’s taking a 4 month – and well-deserved – sabbatical to go to surfing on several Pacific islands, including Bali, Fiji and the Cook Islands.


So in support of this inspiring lady and her inspiring life, GoErinGo will donate $100 to her organization.
If you get a chance, check out their Hot Orgs!

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 13th, 2010 and is filed under Adventure Philanthropists.

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