Half the Sky

Fistula

Obstetric fistulas (referred to as fistulas) are holes between the vagina or rectum and bladder, which cause waste to leak from the body. Common in much of the developing world, women develop fistulas from rape… (read full term analysis)

Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR)

Maternal mortality refers to the death of a woman while pregnant (or shortly after pregnancy) due to related complications. The MMR is the ratio of the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. In… (read full term analysis)

Microfinance

Microfinance is a source of financial services, such as loans and savings, available to entrepreneurs and small business owners who wouldn’t normally qualify for those services. Microfinance loans are typically small sums that, despite their… (read full term analysis)

Social Entrepreneur

The term social entrepreneur refers to a person who works to solve specific social problems through a revolutionary and pragmatic enterprise. While an aid worker might metaphorically teach someone how to fish—that is, teach skills… (read full term analysis)