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Today is International Women’s Day and as such I would like to honor all the (professional) woman in my life, past and present, who have fueled, organized, and grown the businesses I have teamed up with over the course of my career. These women have enabled my personal and professional growth and have also allowed me to see the world through another’s eyes. For this, and the countless other ways these women enhance our businesses, our industries, our communities, and our lives, I thank them, today, and every day.

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We all have to recognise that we all have weaknesses. I know I do. But I’m never willing to let them defeat me, or get me down. I have always sought to turn my disadvantages into advantages. For example, my dyslexia taught me to think differently, and solve problems in a unique way.

Richard Branson A to Z of business: W is for Weakness

I became a really good delegator early in life, and learned to find and work with people whose strengths balance my weaknesses.

By surrounding myself with fantastic people, who are brilliant in the areas where I struggle, we’ve managed to grow Virgin into the global group of businesses that it is today.

So instead of covering up your weaknesses and trying to sweep them under the rug, acknowledge them and start thinking about ways that you can use them to really benefit you.

What are you weaknesses?

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Imagine the 600 Million illiterate people living in the poorest, off-grid rural villages and neighborhoods in need of major change. While change began years ago with the proliferation of small home solar systems that provide energy access, today Kumbaya has laid the ground work for accessibility to not only the much-needed power and light, but also to “network connectivity’ that ensures access to the basic necessities to transform illiteracy in to knowledge. At Kumbaya, our focus is developing the technologies to ensure we have a platform that allows our user to acquire the necessary skills and basic education.

Why education? Despite great progress in the last few years, millions of children are still denied their right to education. Restricted access to education is one of the surest ways of transmitting poverty from generation to generation. Education is a vital human right. Every girl and every boy should have the right to a quality education so that they can have more opportunities in life, including employment, better health and the possibility to participate in the political process. At Kumbaya, we believe the most important period to acquire the basics are the first years. This is when we must ensure that children learn to read, count, and acquire the necessary life skills to form the basic fundaments for continued learning throughout their lives.

Children who have access to quality early childhood programs do better in primary school and will have better academic outcomes later. It is vital that low and lower middle-income nations invest more in affordable early childhood programs.

Our Kumbaya connected platform was designed for the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, those who are most likely living in rural off grid communities and affected because of a lack of electrification and connectivity. In most of these areas, the high illiteracy rates are due to non-existent or unsuitable education infrastructure, lack of trained teachers and inadequate learning materials.

We are often asked, “Why is educating girls in rural Africa your emphasis?”

Educated girls and women tend to be healthier, have fewer children, earn more income and provide better health care for themselves and their future children. These benefits also are transmitted from generation to generation and across communities at large, making girls’ education one of the best investments a country can make.

Any form of support is welcome.

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Women in particular struggle to get funding. They face huge barriers despite a wealth of evidence that has shown that investing in women has a transformative impact on their whole community: Income in the hands of a mother influences child’s health that’s almost 20 times greater than when controlled by a father – United Nations Development Program study

 

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logoThanksgiving is a special day to celebrate families and friends we care & cherish. In most of the western world, we are as blessed as we are spoiled, I know I am. Like most of us, we get flustered ov
er the silliest things – like when my cellphone doesn’t get a good signal, when a flight is delayed or when my computer takes too long to load a website. Millions & billions of people in the world do not have the luxury of mobile phones, cannot afford air travel and do not have computers. Today, we have billions of people with no or little electricity, clean water, health care or basic education.

So how can we avoid this virus of selfish immaturity? Thankfulness is the antidote. It melts our pride and crushes our sense of entitlement.

We at Powerstorm ESS have developed electrification technologies that are affordable and sustainable for the emerging markets. We can help to improve the lives of those in most desperate need and will have tremendous impact to their wellness and our future. Let’s work together to get them the much needed Electrification.

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Communicate in proverMen and women communicate differently.  That is no secret.   In order for women in developing countries to learn to share power with men, and thereby become more effective in promoting food security, rural development, and contribute to other societal advancement, we must become critically aware of gender-sensitive communication. These are vital building blocks that will have an impact on generations to come.

Poverty has a different definition in the emerging world than it does in developed nations.  The term ‘poverty’ is used broadly in the emerging world to include lack of material resources, minimal or no access to healthcare, limited access to education and information, deprivation of civil rights, minimal — if any — access to economic growth opportunity, professional training and access to capital. In broad strokes, alleviation of proverty would mean betterment of any of these challenges, although measurement of improvement is difficult to measure.  Change takes time.  A fast track to addressing poverty at all of its levels is access to information.  Access to mobile communication is the difference between abject poverty and hope.

This hope will quickly turn into action as newly empowered communities will have access to information beyond the traditional media of television, radio and telephone, which are now all accessible via Internet.  Great personal evolution and economic growth will result when previously isolated communities reach out to the rest of the world.  Likely, their shortcut to commerce come through embracing digital currencies over cumbersome microfinance instruments.

At Powerstorm Capital Corp., we see a future on the near horizon where our hybrid power solutions will greatly contribute to establishment of thriving communities throughout the emerging world.

 

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chaos

At that moment when you feel chaos and collapse all around you, know and trust that you can reverse the situation.

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