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Credit Card Payment via Paypal

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Unfortunately we have received reports of contributors experiencing difficulty with Paypal, specifically when attempting to make a contribution using a credit card. The following instructions should help overcome any difficulties. Paypal Contribution Without Creating a Paypal Account Step 1. Click ‘Pay with a credit or debit card’ at the bottom of the page     […]


Higher Circle Holiday Party Pie Contest

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“Pie makes people happy. Happy people want to do nice things for others. When everyone is doing nice things for each other all the time there can be no war, and therefore pie can save the world.” – Beth Howard, apple pie baker and entrepreneur This year, we decided to substitute the traditional holiday company […]


Higher Circle LIVE: Fábrica Social Community-Building Event in Oakland

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On November 14, Higher Circle hosted a gathering with Fábrica Social  CEO Paola de la Rosa at our office in Oakland. The event included members of the Oakland community, ranging from artists and designers to people in business and local community-building organizations. Paola shared an inspiring account of her relationship with the artisans and the […]


A Chance Meeting with Fábrica Social in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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We are pleased to introduce Higher Circle’s newest team member: Gina Hyams! Gina is a writer, editor and communications consultant based in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. She has published 11 books on various mysterious and confounding subjects, ranging from pie contests to the history of incense to extraterrestrial encounters to spas. Her background also […]


Congrats to the Winners of the Coming to America Event!

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We are delighted to announce the winners of the Coming to America social enterprise event on August 15-16, 2013 in Silicon Valley! Please join us in congratulating these 4 innovative entrepreneurs from the 4 corners of the world. From fashionable apparel made and sold under fair trade standards, to sanitary napkins giving young women their […]


Weaving Together the Social Fabric of Mexico: Daniela Gremion of Fabrica Social

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Amongst the engaging stories of social entrepreneurs who applied to the Coming to America event is Daniela Gremion. She is one of the founders of Fabrica Social, a Mexican social enterprise which employs indigenous women artisans to design and produce high-quality handmade apparel sold under fair trade standards. A young woman herself, Daniela draws inspiration from the […]


Affecting Change for Young Women in Africa: Barclay Paul of Impact Africa

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Like the other social entrepreneurs Reese Fernandez-Ruiz and Daniel Heyman who applied to our Coming to America event, Barclay Paul has an absorbing tale to tell. A recent graduate of the University of Nairobi with start-up experience, Barclay is the CEO and founder of Impact Africa, which provides sanitary napkins to rural teenaged girls in Kenya, Uganda, and Sudan who […]


Belting Out Fashion, Sierra Leone Street Style: Daniel Heyman of Bureh

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As a part of our interview series where we introduce social entrepreneurs from around the world who are in the running for Higher Circle’s Coming to America event on August 15-16, 2013, the next candidate whose story we’d like to share with you is Daniel Heyman. An MIT Legatum and MasterCard Foundation fellow, he is the co-founder of […]


Spinning Yarn into Gold in the Philippines: Reese Fernandez-Ruiz of Rags2Riches

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While bright and talented social entrepreneurs from around the world await to find out if they’ve been selected for Higher Circle’s Coming to America event on August 15-16, 2013, we thought you’d like to get to know some of them better because they have such interesting stories. And who doesn’t like hearing those? The first […]


Strengthening Mothers to Strengthen Others in Kenya: Aggrey Otieno of Pambazuko Mashinani

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“When you address women’s issues, you address the health and poverty of the entire community,” Aggrey Otieno passionately explains. And he’s passionate for a good reason: in his community of Korogocho, the maternal mortality rate is 700/100,000 (the EU’s is 13/100,000), and 300 women die every year due to preventable pregnancy-related complications, one of which […]