Sometimes, small gestures can make huge differences in people's lives and livelihoods. That's the premise -- and the power -- of microlending. For proof, one need look no further than the stories of Marcia and Karen, two entrepreneurs in Costa Rica.
Walmart has announced a new initiative aimed at investing in women-driven enterprises. The chain's plans include supporting training programs, donating to entities that aid female-focused economic development, and patronizing women-owned businesses. But coming as it does on the heels on a massive (failed) class action lawsuit, can this initiative be taken at face-value?