It all started when…
I was a kid. My mom handed me a copy of The Wealthy Barber, and told me how important it was for me as a woman to be financially independent, so that it was always me who got to decide what I wanted to do in life.
Throughout my teenage years, we'd talk about how women who relied on their husbands or their families for their income could end up stuck in terrible or hopeless situations. My mom pointed out how problems like unwanted teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, and illiteracy often have an economic component.
In addition to encouraging me to be independent, she also set an example by volunteering with organizations like the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association. She taught me the importance of supporting yourself, and of enabling others to do the same.*
That's why I donate 5% of all revenue
to women entrepreneurs via Kiva Loans.