New to the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) program this year, Julie Hanna understands how important it is to inspire and provide support to potential entrepreneurs around the globe. As an immigrant from Egypt, Julie says that she would not have become the successful businesswoman she is today without the access she was given to new technology and other business resources.
During her career, Julie has always been passionate about providing these resources to potential entrepreneurs. She now serves as Executive Chair of the Board at Kiva, the world’s first and largest crowdlending marketplace for global entrepreneurs. She believes that “our mission is a more connected world without poverty.” Kiva, named a TIME magazine Top 50 website, is a catalyst for revitalizing local economies around the world and has brought together lenders and entrepreneurs to provide over $700 million microloans for 1.6 million entrepreneurs, to date.
As a PAGE member, Julie is committed to democratizing access to capital for entrepreneurs, particularly women and children. Her signature initiative – titled "Global Capital Access" – pledges to deliver $100 million in crowdfunded loans to 200,000 women and young entrepreneurs across 86 countries. This initiative will also support the U.S. entrepreneurs participating in PAGE events all over the world who will have an opportunity to receive crowdfunded loans through Kiva, giving them access to Kiva's global network of 1.3 million lenders in 198 countries.
Watch Julie talk more about her goals as a PAGE member here.