YOUTHECA(2): What is Kiva? What are we going to do with it?

hello everyone! long time no see. I have been busy off to China for the family trip & getting ready for the expo, so I couldn’t write any blog posts ūüė¶


our goal for Youtheca expo is to donate money made out of selling hand crafts to KIVA. Kiva is an organization that is made to give more opportunity by lending them loans to all people- even in the most remote regios of the globe.

It seems like any other groups like UNICEF, or World Vision where one can easily donate. Yet, it is a lot different from others because you can actually donate money to provide sustainable business opportunity to them(It is getting probolematic that third countries where poverty is one of main issues there do not live productive life but live dependant to donation from outside)

Kiva works very simple and can be  described as four steps:

1. Make a loan

You make a loan on Kiva. All Kiva loans are made possible by our Field Partners, who vet, administer, and disburse each loan.

2. Get updates

Throughout the life of the loan, you will see progress updates from Kiva through your email, and if you come back to the site.

3. Get paid back

As the borrower repays the loan, the money becomes available in your account. This is called your Kiva Credit.


You can now use it to fund another loan, donate it to Kiva, or withdraw it to spend on something else.

The group we, FBLA&K,¬†decided to donate, or lend,¬†money to is Ndeye’s Group, a group of 6 women in Senegal, one of poorest country for woman to live in. They proposed that they will use money to start a business.

Ndeye’s group webpage:


More info:

YOUTHECA(1): 2013 Global Youth Conference & Talk Expo

Above is our activity’s link though I don’t know if you guys can read Korean haha!

SPOTTED! Guess what I’m doing in August? Yes, I decided to hold a booth at the expo with the title of FBLA&K (Future business leaders of America and Korea) and finally signed up for it.

Back in school, I made a business club as a chapter of FBLA(Future Business Leaders of America). I’m sure a lot of you guys have heard of it. (I’ll post more about it next time)

There, as I wanted to effuse its great motto and meaning to people, I made it: FBLA&K!!!!! We, my friends and I, will be selling hand made goods such as bracelets, necklaces, coasters, etc.

Anyways, another journey just begun. 

Met Sheryl Sandberg: Girls, it’s time for you to head up

Just like other Fridays, I thought, July the 5th of 2013 would be no different. Only thing I could think of was me lying on my bed in the room with air conditioner on. I rushed myself  to the subway station. But then I got a phone call from my mom that something unbelievable just happened. With excitement that she has a good news, she did say something miraclous: my role model Sheryl Sandberg is here, in Korea!

I immediately took a taxi to get to the bookstore where she was having an autograph event, but traffic interrupted me to fly over to the place. My¬†brain was no longer thinking about home or a/c. My attention was¬†solely focused that I can meet my role model. omg‚ÄĒI don’t even know how many times I used this word a day.

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  • the long line of people who want Sheryl’s sign

When I arrived at the bookstore, there was the long line of people coming out from all the way from the center of bookstore( apparently this book store is second biggest one in Korea! )

was the waiting worth it? totally. While waiting for my turn, they hand out a sheet of paper. Sheryl’s assistant took a picture of people holding that paper with their dream, or what they want to achieve in the future. Of course, I wrote down my dream ‘a future business leader’
(a few days after, I got a facebook message from my club advisor(business club) that she saw a pic that Sheryl posted on her website, my advisor was like ‘that looks very alike with Ashley..wait it is Ashley!”)



One of the most memorable moment in my life ūüėģ


More info below :

Sheryl Sandberg at Ted talk speech:

Sheryl Sandberg at the talk show about her book “Lean in”

Last but not Least: Korea Enterprise Challenging

Since it has been already about t a month since I have had the amazing exprience of Korea Enterprise Challenging, I decided to bring up the memory of me and my team memebers in KEC. 8 members in each team, my team was overall the best in terms of teamwork. Despite the shyness we felt at the beginning, we ended up becoming the best friends. Of course, having different background, every one of us had different opinion. We, therefore, sometimes disputed to make the best choice among all various ideas.

What made my “challenging” so precious was not that I did something exhilarating (well it certainly was) , but the fact that I worked as a team and got marvellous friends through the KEC.

Last but not Least: Korea Enterprise Challenging

2013 Global Enterprise Challenge Korea: Challenge Myself


Since I was little, I have always liked thinking about random but useful stuffs such as¬†detachable¬†heels for lady workers who have to suffer bearing pains from heels. Such habits like that, I think, led me to think about my future job as business woman. My dad, business man, repeatedly said, “Ashley, there is nothing happier to become a business person” because business exists to satisfy, or fulfill, customers’ needs. Therefore, he has thought that business, as provider and supplier, is the job makes people pleased and happy.



Finished my sophomore year, I came back to Korea to spend summer here. I got to  hear briefly about what KEC is a while after spending boring dalliance. Once I heard It instantly ignited  strong interest within me. Global Enterprise Challenge, or GEC, used to be called Enterprise Olympic


Since I was individual participant, to assimilate into the team was a great deal of this whole competition. I would not say we didn’t fight, but we were truly amazing team by the end of the competition.


Waiting for feedback

Once you go on the second round, you’ll get an opportunity to have a presentation in front of people who are actually holding their own business.

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For more informations:

GEC KOREA website :

GEC website :

World Water Day : celebrating women’s right

World Water Day: Celebrating Women’s Rights

March 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

A Malian girl carries a water can she just partially filled at a water pump in northern Mali's city of Gao (Photo credit should read Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images).

A Malian girl carries a water can she just partially filled at a water pump in northern Mali’s city of Gao (Photo credit should read Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images).

Water is a women’s issue. World Water Day, March 22, is Women’s Rights Day.

As basic economic, social and cultural rights, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are a government’s responsibility. As a women’s rights issue, WASH is a concern for us all.

There is a great deal of evidence backing this up.

Every year, 40 billion working hours are lost to water collection worldwide, mostly by women and girls. This violates their rights to employment and educationby taking up time and energy; and their rights to safety and dignity by exposing them to injury, animal attack, and physical and sexual violence. Since the water they collect is usually unsafe (if it were safe, chances are they wouldn’t have to walk far to get it, because a tap would be available near home), it violates their right to health, exposing them to Neglected Tropical Diseases, diarrhea, even uterine prolapse from carrying heavy loads.

Lack of sanitation and safe drinking water violates theright to safe and adequate housing. Combined with poor hygiene, it makes people sick because they ingest fecal matter without even knowing it, creates breeding grounds for insects carrying diseases like trachoma, and contaminates water sources; water-borne illnesses impact children most, keeping more kids from school and causing trauma for the many parents whose children don’t survive these diseases, up to 2,000 each day.

Emerging research emphasizes that lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene impactsmaternal health.  One estimate is that 4% of all maternal mortality can be linked to poor WASH. This means water, sanitation and hygiene are also part of our new My Body, My Rights! Campaign, because dying in childbirth from preventable causes is just as egregious a human rights violation as not being able to control whether and when you get pregnant.

In 2005, the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act required the U.S. government to prioritize WASH investments for the world’s poorest people, of course including women and girls. This law recognized that water, sanitation and hygiene link to many foreign policy goals, many global health and development needs and opportunities. In other words, it recognized that these are basic human rights.

From educational access and quality, to nutrition, health, and maternal and newborn survival, to poverty reduction, WASH is a lynchpin. But only when the U.S. government and every other government in the world recognizes its obligations to protect the human rightto safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene will its full benefits be felt. Statistics and rhetoric don’t quite do the trick.

This World Water Day, we are focused on a simple adage: water is a women’s issue. We invite you to help ensure that women are no longer left out of the water conversation, and that water and sanitation become central to women’s rights.

To start, follow #WorldWaterDay discussions on Twitter and contribute your own thoughts on water and women’s rights. Or, tell Secretary Kerry that the rights to water, sanitation and hygiene must be protected as part of a comprehensive approach to women’s health rights. Finally, you could just tell a friend you’re celebrating World Water Day. After all, water has something for everyone.

source :

March 19th was World Water Day. Water, which is vital for human to live, could be threat to women’s right when there is a lack of water. For example, those time spent on finding clear water let women to be exposed to potential danger of sexual violence. Now, it is time for us to think about how grateful we are to have a life that we don’t need to worry about getting life necessity, water.¬†