Christian Long

Jacqueline Novogratz: Escaping Poverty

In TED Talks on April 11, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Reflection by HALEY M.

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Jacqueline Novogratz:  Escaping Poverty

In the beginning of the video, Jacqueline Novogratz asks: how you define poverty and what does it mean?

Most people think of poverty as being completely poor, someone who has no money, no job and possibly no home. After watching this video, I realize that poverty doesn’t mean exactly that. Jacqueline mentions that during her visit in a Nairobi slum, there was so much ambition and hard work taking place. Even though the people in this place barely had anything, it didn’t stop them from giving up.

Hearing the story of Jane quickly got to me.

I love the drive she had and how she handled everything. Jane grew up with two dreams: To become a doctor and to marry a man that will love her and never leave her. As we find out both of Jane’s dreams were crushed, she didn’t quit. She did what she had to do and didn’t give up, no matter how embarrassed she was at times. Jane worked hard and with the little money she had she started a company of her own that fixed up old dresses and sold them to many women. Jane’s life was hard, and she could have easily gave up and let everything go, but with her courage and belief in herself she held on to a last bit of hope.

In the end, I am very inspired by Jane and her accomplishments.

Like Jacqueline Novogratz said, at times like this with the economy being so bad people don’t need to give up and fear everything that’s happening. In a way, we need there to be more Janes in the world. People that will step up and give hope when giving up seems like the easiest thing to do. Jane understood that sometimes you have to choose the hardest path and it may not be easy, but later it could be the best decsion you ever made.

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