Who is Rising International?

Rising International is comprised of a board of directors, advisory councils and eight (8) support teams. One hundred percent (100%) of Rising International’s advisory councils and teams are staffed by volunteers.

Additional Information:

The Rising International Team is fortunate to have individuals from a variety of backgrounds volunteering their talents. The board of directors consists of five (5) appointments: the President,), a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a Chief Financial Officer and an Assistant Treasurer. The Board of Directors is supported by teams of professionals who make up the Advisory Councils. The Advisory Councils provide guidance in areas such as workforce development, legal counsel, training, craft design, cultural competence and party planning. Daily operations at Rising International are further assisted through a small  office staff, and eight (8) volunteer teams: the human resource/finance committee, the operations team, the marketing and public relations team, the fundraising team, the product selection & design team, the monitoring & evaluation team, the training team and the cultural team.

Is Rising a non-profit business?

Yes. Rising is a 501c3, non-profit organization, and donations are made payable Rising International.

Additional Information:

Rising International is registered with the State of California as a not for profit business and has received 501(c)3 status from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Donations are tax deductible.  The tax identification number for Rising International is 26-0470721.

If Rising is a non-profit, why is my purchase not tax deductible?

Your purchase is not tax deductible because of the rules set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Additional Information:

The IRS allows tax deductions for donations made either in cash or in kind. As a donor, you can not receive an item in return for your donation, say for example the purchase of a scarf from Rising, and still receive a tax deduction. As a 501(c)3 corporation, a business can accept contributions and offer donors a tax deduction for their gift of cash or in kind item. For donors, this means your contributions are fully tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law. The IRS does not consider a purchase made in exchange for an item as a tax deductible transaction.

Is Rising a multi-level marketing organization? Is it a Pyramid Scheme?

No. Rising is neither a multi-level marketing organization nor a pyramid scheme.

Additional Information:

Rising is not a multi-level organization. Multi-level marketing (MLM) is a business distribution model that allows a parent multi-level marketing company to market their products directly to consumers by means of referral and direct selling. In this plan, you are paid for your own sales and you are paid for the sales of anyone you recruit into the business and even anyone your recruits bring into the business. For example, in a MLM model if you recruited your sister, you would receive a commission for every item she sold. By contrast, Rising Representatives are paid for their own sales only.

Rising is not a pyramid scheme.. A pyramid scheme is a non-sustainable business model that involves the exchange of money primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, usually without any product or service being delivered. Pyramid schemes are illegal in many countries, including the Unites States.

How is Rising International different from other importers?

Rising focuses on selling women�s crafts, especially crafts made by widows and refugees living in the direst of circumstances. Rising does not barter with artisans. We�ve developed a living wage survey to assist the artisans with calculating their own living wages. Our goal is to lift women and families out of poverty.

Additional Information:

Many importers effectively support artisans around the world, and Rising applauds and encourages their success. What makes Rising different than most, is that we make it a priority to monitor our success in positively impacting the women and families we work with. Rising strives to provide a fair income for the work our artisans provide. We have a team of experts headed by a professor from M.I.T�s Poverty Lab that commits hours of research to help insure a living wage for each artisan. Aside from monitoring our commitment to fair and livable incomes, Rising also commits to additional levels of assistance for our artisans in the form of cash grants.

Does Rising do more than just purchase crafts from artisans?

Yes! We sponsor craft training workshops, we often donate craft making materials to the artisans, and we have plans to provide cash grants to assist the artisans with improving working and living conditions in their villages and communities.

Additional Information:

Rising will assist the artisans in the same villages and areas in which it purchases crafts by providing materials (e.g., looms, thread, sewing machines, and fabric) or small cash grants to purchase materials (in the range of one hundred to several hundred dollars).  Additionally, Rising will facilitate home party guests� efforts to aid these communities by selling malaria nets and other low-cost life-saving items to home party guests and sending them to the artisans� communities.  Further, Rising will make larger grants available (as much as several thousand dollars) to artisans and their cooperatives to invest in more eco-friendly and efficient workplaces and to pay for peripheral improvements such as health monitoring, childcare centers, water pumps, and work-related transportation which are needed in the impoverished communities.  Each of these activities will be undertaken with the help of Rising�s staff and volunteers.  The intent of these activities is to further alleviate poverty in the developing countries in which the grants are made.

About the Artisans

Who are the Artisans?

Rising Artisans are mostly women living in developing countries. They are mothers and wives and many are widows. Yet most importantly, they are women looking to create a better future for their children. They live in very difficult situations in often dangerous locations.

Does Rising work only with female artisans?

Our focus is primarily on women because poverty affects woman and children the most and because women have been identified by poverty experts to be a key to ending poverty. When poor women earn money they purchase more food, send their children to school and provide a better life for their families and their communities.

What if the men in the family are not supportive of women earning money?

Rising does not force the idea of a crafts project on anyone. Often the entire family, including the men in the household, decide that a crafts business is a worthwhile pursuit for the women. In many circumstances, the participating women are widows, and as such a male presence in the home is limited.

Why do the Artisans keep having so many babies?

Every artisan (for that matter, every woman) faces a unique set of circumstances in her life. While there is no simple answer to this question, the following tries to explain some of the issues our artisans might experience when deciding how many children they are going to have.

Additional Information:

o   In many parts of the world, contraceptive (birth control) education and availability is very low. While it may be that women would like to plan exactly when they would like to have children, or if to have any more at all, the choice to do so is made difficult because of the lack of family planning options.

o   Having more children increases the security of livelihood during old age, especially in cases where child mortality is high. For example, if a woman has a reasonable expectation that her child will die from disease or famine, she is more likely to have more babies to insure that at least one child survives. Additionally, having more children increases the chances that one of those children will be successful and will be able to support the parents in old age.

o   Children are a critical future labor source for people in rural areas who depend on subsistence farming. Many of our artisans face this problem. Often, the only source of income and employment for them comes from subsistence farming. A larger family would be able to grow more, and the children would be able to work on the farm if one of the parents became sick.

o   Unemployed people are more likely to have sex since they have more spare time. An example of this problem is in Uganda, where the spread of HIV/AIDS has slowed because organizations have given unemployed young boys soccer balls so they spend their energy playing soccer rather than bothering girls about sex.

o   Often, in patriarchal societies, having many children is seen as a status symbol.

In many cases, having a lot of children acts as an insurance against the uncertainty a woman in the developing world might face. Often, when women have very few opportunities to advance in life, the only thing they can do is have more babies. By providing an income earning opportunity, Rising provides another opportunity for our artisans, and this should help our artisans break out of the �baby making� cycle.

Our Relationship with the Artisans

Why does Rising only work with certain target countries?

Rising�s philosophy is to find the world�s forgotten; those women struggling in the worst living conditions. We target the �worst off� areas of the world: areas affected by war, famine, and genocide.

Additional Information:

While Rising would love to work with every female artisan and help lift each one out of poverty, this is simply not possible.  Rising recognizes that there are other importers who work with female artisans all over the world, and as such Rising has committed to working in areas where it is the most difficult to develop trade relationships. Rising is proud to be the first to work with the UN Millennium Village in Uganda, to be one of the few importers to help Darfur genocide survivors, and to be one of the first importers working directly with Afghan widows living in remote and dangerous areas of Afghanistan.  Rising continues to focus our efforts towards the target countries because it allows us to maintain a high level of involvement with each organization and individual woman in the country we work with.

Where are Rising�s priority countries?

Rising priority countries are areas of the world affected by war, famine and genocide.

Additional Information:

Rising considers a variety of factors when compiling our priority countries list. Along with looking at those countries which have recently been affected by war, famine or genocide, Rising also considers information provided by the United Nations (UN) and other aid agencies. Rising looks for country specific information on infant mortality rates, life expectancy, HIV/AIDS rates, malnutrition rates, Human Development Indices, etc., to help determine which countries should be priority countries.

Priority Countries

As of 2008, Rising International has identified the following priority countries:

o   Afghanistan

o   Bangladesh

o   Burkina Faso

o   Cambodia

o   Central African Republic

o   Chad

o   Cote d�Ivoire

o   Darfur (W. Sudan)

o   Dem. Rep. of Congo

o   Ethiopia

o   Haiti

o   Mali

o   Mozambique

o   Niger

o   Rwanda

o   Sierra Leone

o   Somalia

o   Tajikistan

o   Tanzania

o   Zimbabwe

How does Rising find the women artisans?

Our volunteer product selection and design team spends countless hours researching and working with other poverty alleviation organizations to reach women in our priority countries.

We work with organizations that are already working in our priority countries and it is these organizations that help link or connect us to the artisans.

Can Rising supporters contact and/or visit the artisans?

Yes! We highly encourage reaching out and getting to know our artisans. Email us at if you would like to connect with a Rising artisan group(s).

What are the criteria Rising uses for creating effective partnerships with other organizations?

A new partner organization must meet a list of conditions set out by Rising before Rising establishes a relationship with the new partner organization.

Additional Information:

A key condition Rising uses to find and create an effective partnerships is that the organization has local support. Rising seeks out individuals in the local community and listens to what they have to say about the organization. An organization must be trusted by the local community before Rising begins to evaluate other criteria.

Partnership organizations must also meet the following standards:

o   Organizational prioritization of impoverished women, especially the poorest of the poor and those in greatest need, such as refugees, widows, etc.

o   Strong organizational mission and values aligned to those of Rising International

Support of women�s economic development and the entrepreneurial approach to ending poverty

o   Support of crafts projects as a viable form of micro-enterprise development

o   Presence and field offices in the countries they work in

o   Presence in Rising Priority Countries

o   In operation for more than 10 years (this insures credibility, expertise & experience)

o   Evidence of successful results, such as awards, positive press, continued funding, etc.

o   Locals� support and trust of the organization (as per direct feedback)

Artisans and the Rising Financial Relationship

How do the artisans receive the money?

Rising artisans may receive money through three channels: (1) via Western Union or Money Gram (2) bank wire transfer, or (3) through a partnership organization.

How do you know the money is actually received by the artisan?

When Rising pays the artisan directly, through a wire transfer, the artisan must show a photo ID to receive the money. When Rising pays through a partnership organization, we make every reasonable effort to investigate and confirm that the artisans are being paid by interviewing the artisans directly.

Additional Information:

Our goal is to create relationships with reputable contacts in every artisan country to help us oversee financial distribution. When logistically possible, we deliver the money directly to the artisans by way of bank wire transfer or Western Union/Money Gram. When we work through a partnership organization, we work with credible non-profit groups and/or fair trade importers. Rising utilizes every feasible tactic, both financially and physically, to secure the transaction reaches the artisan.

How much of the money is going back to the artisans?

Rising insists on a fair and livable wage to be paid to the artisans for their crafts. Artisans earn an average of 15 – 30% of the retail price of a craft. If these artisans worked in sweatshops, they would earn only 1% or less of a retail price.

Additional Information:

First, and most importantly, all crafts are purchased using fair trade standards. In accordance with fair trade standards, no items are purchased under sweatshop conditions. For large orders, we pay 30% up front and the rest upon delivery. With small orders with pay in advance or upon delivery. The artisans receive 15 to 30 percent (15%-30%) of the retail price. Wholesale prices are subsequently marked up for recovering general operating expenses, expanding opportunities for more artisans to participate in the program, paying Rising Representatives, increasing the inventory level, etc.

How does Rising stop the men in the family from taking the money?

Rising has no way of stopping men in the family from taking the money; however, because female artisans most often have full support from their husbands, this is not usually a concern.

Additional Information:

Unfortunately, Rising has no full proof way of guaranteeing the success of household equality for the female artisans. There are a variety of outcomes we cannot guarantee, from how the artisans choose to spend their earnings to whether or not the men in the family take the money for themselves; however, research shows that when women earn an income, their ability to make decisions in the household improves. Rising encourages women to allow their voices to be heard, both at home and internationally.

How are artisan wages determined?

We start by paying the wage that the artisan has requested. Then we make every effort to conduct a local market survey to help determine whether or not that wage is enough for the artisans to purchase food, an education for their children, and financial stability for their families.

Additional Information:

Rising uses an extensive survey method to determine a fair wage for each country we work in. Our Evaluation and Monitoring Team compiles price data on a number of household items for each country we work in. The team then calculates a living wage from the country specific information. This approach is better than taking the US dollar wage and using an exchange rate to determine a fair wage in a foreign country. This is because the purchasing power of a US dollar is often not the same as, say, a Rwandan franc.

As a check on our own wage calculations, Rising uses a formula created at the Living Wage Summit to cross reference our figures. The formula attempts to determine the basic needs of an average family. According to Summit participants, the wage must be a take-home or net wage earned in a work week of no more than 48 hours.

About Rising Crafts

Are all the handicrafts produced in environmentally/health friendly conditions?

To the best of our knowledge, yes.

Additional Information:

Rising�s product selection team works to insure each item is produced in a way that is both safe for the artisan and safe for the environment. If we find out otherwise, we help the artisans correct the problem(s), and make changes as necessary.  For example, in Rwanda beautiful baskets are made with locally produced grasses which are indigenous to the area and whose harvesting does not create imbalance in the ecosystem. The grasses are dyed with natural dyes and then woven into baskets. The entire process of creating the Rwandan baskets is natural and safe for both the artisans and the environment.

Why don�t the artisans get more than 15- 30% of retail?

The goal is that all artisans receive a fair trade wage. In some cases, the artisans make as much as 50% of the retail price. Their wage doesn�t change, just the retail price. If Rising increases the retail price, theartisans doesn�t make less, their wage remains the same.

Additional Information:

Rising looks to pay the artisans a fair market price, based on a livable wage, for their crafts. It is from this price that the retail price is calculated. Rising establishes a fair price for the artisans� crafts prior to creating the retail price Often people think the retail price is set first, and then the sale price to the artisan is determined. This is not the case at Rising. We establish a working wage and fair price for the crafts first. We then take the price we pay for the craft and multiply that by a factor of three to get the retail price (on average). We consider the price we pay the artisans to be most important. We then add the additional costs to the retail price.

Rising & Fair Trade

What is Fair Trade?

Fair trade organizations work to ensure that artisans and farmers receive a fair wage, a wage that will pay for food, shelter, education and health care for their families.

Additional Information:

According to the Fair Trade Federation, Fair Trade is defined as a �system of exchange� that seeks to create greater equity and partnership in international trading system by:

o   Paying fair wages in local context

o   Ensuring environmental sustainability

o   Supplying financial and technical support

o   Offering public accountability

o   Respecting cultural identity

o   Building direct and long-term relationships

o   Educating consumers

�By approaching development as a whole process (rather than just a fair price), fair trade organizations cultivate partnerships with their suppliers and contribute to the development of communities. Fair trade is not about charity; it uses a fairer system of exchange to empower producers and to create sustainable, positive change.�

What is �Fair Trade Certified� and what does it mean?

Fair Trade certification is a labeling which helps consumers purchase from companies who have been screened for fair trade practices.

Additional Information:

According to Fair Trade Certified, �Fair Trade certification is a market-based model of international trade that benefits over one million farmers and farm workers in 58 developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Fair Trade certification enables consumers to vote for a better world with their dollars, simply by looking for the Fair Trade Certified label on the products they buy.� For more information about fair trade, you are welcome to check out the Fair Trade Certified website at

Is Rising Fair Trade Certified?

Not yet. Rising is expecting to receive Fair Trade Certification by the end of 2009.

What are some examples of fair trade activities?

The Fair Trade label includes a number of items. The most common fair trade certified items are agricultural items. These include coffee and teas, bananas, sugar, rice, vanilla, cocoa and chocolate.

Direct Selling: The sale of a product or service, person to person away from a fixed retail setting, marketed to customers by independent sales people.

Direct Marketing: Direct marketing is selling directly but not in person. Examples of direct marketing are catalog sales like L.L. Bean, direct mail like some insurance companies, or through email like a lot of the �spam� you get.

Multi-Level Marketing: Multi-level marketing is a type of compensation plan found in direct sales. In this plan, you are paid for your own sales and you are paid for the sales of anyone you recruit into the business and even anyone your recruits bring into the business.  Rising International is NOT a Multi-Level Marketing organization.

Party Plan Model: This refers to a type of direct sales that takes place in a group. This usually takes place at someone�s home, a school or place of business.  Rising follows the party plan model.

Developing County: The term “developing country” often refers mainly to countries with low levels of economic development, but this is usually closely associated with social development, in terms of education, health care, life expectancy, etc.

The development of a country is measured with statistical indexes such as income per capita (GDP), the rate of illiteracy, and access to water. The UN puts forth a compound indicator using these lists of statistics, to create, a “human development index” which gives a sense of how developed countries are.

Developing countries are in general countries which have not achieved a significant degree of industrialization relative to their populations, and which have a low standard of living. There is a strongcorrelation between low income and high population growth, both within and between countries.

Developed Country: These countries have high levels of economic prosperity, high literacy rates, low infant mortality rates and are industrialized. Their citizens have a high standard of living with a large middle class.

Industrialization: A term used to describe a the process a country goes through when it changes from a place where the main money making activities are growing food to making products in factories and providing services like insurance, computer connections and television shows.

Standard of Living: This is a measurement of wealth. The things that go into the measurement are home ownership, food purchasing, ability to provide warmth when it is cold and cooling when it is hot plus how many non-necessary goods and products the family has. Examples of non-necessary things include televisions, phones, extra cars or expensive new cars. When most of the people in a country have these non-necessary things, we consider the country to be industrialized. Standard of Living can be measured as a statistic.

Life Expectancy: This is a measurement based on how long most people in a country live. Life Expectancy correlates to the quality and amount of health care a country has. It also correlates to the country’s Standard of Living.

GDP: GDP stands for Gross National Product. This is a statistical measurement of the amount and value of all the goods and services that a country produces.

Per Capita: This is a Latin term used in statistics. It means for each individual. For instance, the per capita income of country is the total income of everyone in the country divided by the number of people in the country. It is one way to measure the country’s wealth.

Illiteracy: This is a term used to describe the number of people in a country that cannot read. It is used as one of the measurements of whether the country is industrialized and whether the country considered to be developed. (See definition of Developed Country.)

Craft: An item made by hand, unique in style and usually having both artistic and practical merit. These items often speak to the traditions of a specific time and place which can be passed down through many generations evolving slowly as each new artisan puts her or his creative stamp on it.

The presentation begins with party host introducing you and explaining what inspired them to host the event.

Rep 1 : ‘Good evening/afternoon, and Welcome to a Rising International Home Party!  My name is ____________.

Rep 2: And my name is ____________. Thank you {name of host} for hosting this party, and thank you all for joining us!’

Rep 1: Rising International’s Mission is to help end World Poverty in OUR lifetime by enabling women to join in the global economy through our home party network.

Rep 2 : There is something very exciting about this party. Today we are going to talk about how ending poverty is actually possible and why women are the key!

We’d like to start by sharing with you what inspired us to become Rising Representatives.  I joined this organization because . . . . 

Rep 1: And I joined Rising because . . .

[For large group, approximately 15 or more] :

Would anyone like to introduce themselves and tell us what inspired you to come today?

Or  [Small group, less than 15]

Now let’s go around the room. Please introduce yourselves, and if you’d like to share what inspired you to come here today, that would be great!

Rep 2: And now I’d like to introduce you to Afghan Gul, whose name means ‘Afghan flower,’ and who makes dolls just like this one. [Show doll and pass it around.]

These dolls are made by Afghan mothers for their children. The doll project was developed by Rising International to help Afghan widows and abandoned wives earn a vital income.  Afghan Gul is a widow who lives in Afghanistan, a country with over 4 million widows. For many years, women in Afghanistan were not allowed to be educated, and so the majority can’t read or write. And, because of extreme poverty, Afghanistan has one of the highest death rates for children. Many children die before their first birthdays. But in spite of all this, Afghan Gul still has hope. Here’s her story in her own words. 

[Optional: ask if someone would like to volunteer to read the story.]

‘We had very calm and happy life. We lived in Chal Saton district in our own house. My husband had one taxi and he worked from 6 am up to 6 pm. So our life was good. But after coming of a new government, Afghanistan’s security wasn’t safe and fighting was in every district. One day when my husband leaved home for his task he didn’t come back home.  He never returned home. We hadn’t person to work for us and my children was small babies, they wanted  food.’

‘It was my bad luck that I am illiterate so I had worked as a servant in rich people’s house, but my income was too less and beside this I borrowed amount of money from one of our relatives and made one woman bakery. After four years I became sick and doctor ordered me to stop bakery, because I got from wood’s smoke tuberculosis.’

‘In those times I made my big son sell pens and notebooks in near of schools. I never forget, one day my son came home and he was cried, he shouted: I want to study like other children, I stand near schools every day, but I can’t go to school.

When asked if she is happy with her income from sewing dolls, Afghan Gul said: ‘Why not. I am happy with dolls income. I can pay my children’s course fees and I can prepare their schools stationary. I want to making dolls in every month.’

When asked what her wishes are, she said: ‘I wish my children became full of knowledge and have good jobs.’

Rep 1: All of Rising’s artisans tell us that sending their children to school is their highest priority. This is why women hold an important key to ending poverty. United Nations studies show that when women are given a chance to earn an income, they make sure that their children have food and receive an education.  By empowering mothers all over the world, children are released from the trap of poverty.

Rep 2: It‘s amazing what changes can be made when women in developing countries earn an income, especially when they are illiterate. Rising International has discovered that these women have a priceless skill, one that has been passed down through generations. In every corner of the world, women create beautiful crafts. Our catalog features these crafts and the remarkable stories of the women who make them.

Rep 1 : Rising International connects these women to the global market, and we seek out those who are suffering most in villages and remote areas of the world where their cries are not being heard.

Rep 2: It’s important to know that Rising International is a Fair Trade Organization. We firmly believe that women must be paid a fair wage if they are to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.  In fact Rising is working with a PhD economics professor from M.I.T.’s Poverty Lab who heads up our research team that monitors results and verifies that our artisans receive fair wages.

Rep 1: So you might ask, ‘Where does my money go?’ Let’s look at a product that sells for $20.  [Pass around money chart.]

An average of $5 of the $20 goes to the craftsperson, compared to 20 cents a sweatshop worker would earns, $4 goes to shipping.

$4  goes to the Rising Representative.

$8 goes to Rising International to purchase more crafts and create new craft projects.

Rep 2 : Rising International believes that we do have the power to end poverty in our lifetime, especially since we have a unique approach.  Rising is the first organization in the world to use the direct sales model to help put an end to poverty.  This is a powerful fact because the direct sales model of selling products generates $100 billion per year.

Rep 1: The founder of the organization calculated that if Rising International had as many representatives as Avon, with only two parties per month, we would be able to lift at least 9 million families out of poverty, including over 2 million families right here in the United States. And, of course, someday we will be bigger than Avon!!!

Rep 2: And, there’s more!  Pampered Chef, that sells cookware, does 1 MILLION HOME PARTIES PER YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES ‘1 MILLION! If Rising held 1 million parties per year and just 10 people attended each party, we would raise the awareness of 10 million people that ending poverty is possible! That’s 50 million people over 5 years!  Why is this important? Humanitarian organizations tell us that the single reason that genocide and horrible brutalities exist is because the world is not paying attention. With a network of over 50 million people, we would certainly be paying attention!

Rep 1:  Now, we have the opportunity to meet our guest speaker, an extraordinary woman who has joined us from ___________ and currently resides in ____________.   Please welcome ____________, and let’s listen to her story.

[Guest speaker’s story.]

Thank you ____________ for sharing your story with us!

Rep 1: There are many ways you can join Rising International to end World Poverty:

-by purchasing one of the crafts from our catalog 

-by becoming a Rising Representative (doing what I do)

-by volunteering with Rising

-by reaching out to a global neighbor, because Rising believes that one of the best ways to help someone is simply to get to know them.


-by hosting a Rising Home Party just like this one!

Rep 2: We hope you’ll sign up today to host a party and be a part of our ‘100 Parties in 100 Days’ campaign!  If you host a party, your name will be featured on an embroidered banner made by courageous women living in refugee camps in Chad!  And, better yet, a portion of the funds earned at your party will launch the first crafts project in the world to help Darfur genocide survivors.  One of these survivors is featured on the cover of our catalog. We hope you’ll be inspired and sign up today to host a Rising International Home Party!

Rep 1: Now, we are going to pass around our catalog which shows the many crafts you can order, and I’d like to share a few more stories about some of the sample crafts.

Pass out catalogs/guest order forms and unveil crafts and pass around. Choose a few samples and read description from catalog.

We have everything in stock right now except for _____________.

It will make the check-out process go much more quickly if you would go ahead and fill out the Order Form as completely as you can before we add it up.  Please fill out your name, address, phone and email address clearly in case there is any reason to need to get a hold of you!.

As far as shipping, generally we deliver your purchases to the host’s home within 2 weeks for a flat rate of $4.00 on your order form, and the host will call and let you know when they have arrived.  You also have the option to have it mailed directly to you for just a little bit more! The shipping is explained on the back of the pink copy of the Order Form! And when filling out the form, the tax rate in this area is ______

Does anyone have any questions?

Thank you for helping to change the world from this living room!

Researched and Created by M. Cortado

Cut strips for each question and answer and use as a warm-up or introductory activity as guests arrive; each person can read the strip to a partner and share the answer.

  1. What percentage of humanity lives in extreme poverty (defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.25)?
    1. 5%
    2. 10%
    3. 20%

    Answer: c.

    Source: ‘Extreme Poverty’ on Wikipedia.

  2. How many children under age 5 die of hunger-related causes every minute?
    1. 2
    2. 6
    3. 12
    4. 25

    Answer: b (600. More than 9 million children under age 5 die every year and malnutrition accounts for more than one-third of these deaths. Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.


  3. What percentage of the world’s population growth occurs in developing countries?
    1.  24%
    2.  49%
    3.  65%
    4.  95%

    Answer: 95%. Currently the world’s population totals more than 6.7 billion and grows at an average of 80 million persons per year.


  4. One-third of the children in developing countries live in extreme poverty.
    1.  True
    2.  False

    Answer: True. Of the 1.8 billion children in developing countries, 600 million of them live on less than US$1 a day.


  5. The majority of the world’s chronically undernourished people live in Africa.
    1.  True
    2.  False

    Answer: False. Approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished, almost two-thirds of whom reside in Asia and the Pacific.


  6. Based on the implication of sex ratios, how many women are missing in the world today? Approximately
    1. 30 million
    2. 50 million
    3. 70 million
    4. 100 million

    Answer: d. Women are missing due to gender bias in family healthcare decisions, an astonishingly high maternal mortality rate that is not addressed, and abortions of unborn daughters by families that place high value on having a son. In the last fifty years, it appears more girls have been killed in all the battles of the twentieth century.

    Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.

  7. An honor killing, common in the Muslim world, is when a woman or girl is suspected of having premarital sex. The United Nations Population Fund estimates how many honor killings occur per year?
    1. 500
    2. 1000
    3. 2,500
    4. 5,000

    Answer: d. Honor killings are another symptom of gender inequality.

    Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.

  8. 39,000 baby girls die in China in the first year of life due to the fact that
    1.  they do not receive the same medical care and attention that boys receive
    2.  a disease that specifically affects girls in rural areas

    Answer: a.

    Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.

  9. Women hold approximately what percent of the world’s assets?
    1. 50%
    2. 25%
    3. 10%
    4. 1%

    Answer: d.

    Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.

  10. Which prominent United Nations agency supports gender equality?Answer: There is none. UNIFEM could technically qualify, but it is minuscule.Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.
  11. Trafficking is defined as taking someone (by force or deception) across an international border. Of the 600,000 to 800,000 people trafficked across international borders, approximately 80% are women and girls. What is the primary purpose?
    1. Sexual exploitation
    2. Factory work
    3. Domestic servitude

    Answer: a. Because women are so lowly valued by their families, many are sold to brothels and are trafficked internationally.

    Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.

  12. In the Muslim world, a woman’s accusation of rape must be confirmed by how many male eyewitnesses?
    1. One
    2. Two
    3. Four
    4. None

    Answer: c. Women have limited rights in Muslim countries, and as a result it is impossible to prove themselves as rape victims.

    Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.

  13. According to the World Health Organization, what percentage of women in most countries experience physical or sexual violence by a husband or boyfriend?
    1. Between 30% – 60%
    2. Below 10%
    3. Between 10% – 30%

    Answer: a

    Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.

  14. What percentage of young women in Ghana have reported that their sexual initiation was by rape?
    1. 10%
    2. Less than 5%
    3. 21%
    4. 17%

    Answer: c. 21% of young women in Ghana have reported that their sexual initiation was by rape.

    Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.

  15. Genital cutting is the practice where a girl’s genitals are removed so she does not experience sexual pleasure and therefore is less likely to be promiscuous. This practice has affected how many women worldwide?
    1. 5 million
    2. 10 million
    3. 130 million

    Answer: c.

    Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.

  16. Mukhtar Mai was a rape victim in Pakistan who received $8,300 in compensation from the Pakistani government. She used that as her seed money to start an aid group that has several schools for both girls and boys, a twenty-four hour hotline for battered women, a free legal clinic, and a battered women’s shelter. For Mukhtar’s efforts, the Pakistani government
    1. Honored Muktar with a medal of commendation
    2. Gave Muktar more resources to expand her aid group across rural Pakistan
    3. Harassed her and her family for publicizing the plight of Pakistani women
    4. to the western world and thus embarrassing the Pakistani government

    Answer: c. It is difficult for women to receive support from even their own governments, even when they can help themselves. That is why grassroots efforts have been most effective at reaching women.

    Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.


  17. Through the Rural School Project, run by the non-profit American Assistance in Cambodia, a donor can set up a school for a donation of
    1. $13,000
    2. $130,000
    3. $1,300,000

    Answer: a. Small amounts of money go a long way in these countries.

    Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.

  18. The average education of a Cambodian woman is
    1. 1.7 years
    2. Third grade
    3. Eighth grade

    Answer: a.

    Source: Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof.

  19. In the developing world, giving girls access and resources to a school is not enough to ensure their participation. Which of the following are reason(s) why girls might miss school?
    1. No access to sanitary pads or a flush toilet, a problem during          menstruation
    2. Abuse and/or rape by male teachers
    3. Families would prefer to send their sons to school rather than daughters
    4. All of the above.

    Answer: d. There are many grassroots organizations that are working on comprehensive solutions to take down the barriers that girls confront when they try to obtain an education. The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), a grassroots organization based in Africa, provides a full support package for high school, including shoes and a uniform. They also may arrange for a student to live in a dormitory if she lives to far away to commute. Camfed also supplies sanitary pads and underwear so they do not miss school during their period.  With just $10 million annually, Camfed helps over 400,000 children attend school per year.

  20. Rwanda has overcome a brutal genocide and dire humanitarian crisis to become one of the least corrupt, fastest-growing and best-governed countries in Africa.  What percentage of the population is female?
    1. 25%
    2. 50%
    3. 70%

    Answer: c. Due to the large amount of men killed in the civil war, the country was obliged to utilize women in its reconstruction. Men had discredited themselves during the genocide. Women make up over half of the parliament and hold the positions of President of the Supreme Court, Minister of Education, and major roles in reconstruction.

  21. Grameen Bank is the pioneer of microfinance in the developing world. It has revolutionized the planning of strategies used to target poverty today. What percentage of Grameen Bank loans go to women?
    1. 25%
    2. 50%
    3. Over 95%

    Answer: c.

    Source: Wikipedia, ‘Grameen Bank – Operational Statistics.’

  22. The unemployment rate in Watsonville is
    1. 1 in 10
    2. 1 in 5
    3. 1 in 4

    Answer: c.

    Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 2009.

  23. What percentage of entrepreneurs in the U.S. are female?
    1. 11%
    2. 28%
    3. 47%

    Answer: b. That includes Rising reps!


  24. One in eight Americans does not have enough access to enough food.
    1. (a) True
    2. (b) False

    Answer: True