Wednesday, December 04, 2013 No Region Specified
Source: The Boston Globe
As a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, Siiri Morley watched development workers train women to make crafts without much thought to whether their products would actually sell. Unsold crafts piled up until these businesses and programs inevitably failed, leaving the women without an income, marketable skills, or hope of rising from poverty. This experience taught Morley that even the best-intentioned social programs would not work unless they could operate in the black by adhering to established business practices such as identifying markets for goods and services. Today, with an MBA in hand, she is one of three founders of a successful Boston firm that sells candles made in developing nations and provides a steady income to the women who make them.