There are certain things that you’re just passionate about and it could be anything. Mine has always been women’s rights, and particularly women’s economic empowerment. That has been my personal soapbox, I think since I was in high school. –Connie Duckworth, founder and CEO, Arzu Studio Hope
In 2003, Connie was a retired partner of Goldman Sachs. She had four school age children and a calendar full of board and speaking responsibilities. She wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but she was looking. This interview is the story of her journey from Wall Street partner to social entrepreneur, from working in a world of privilege to one in which the need is overwhelming. Arzu Studio Hope commissions women in Afghanistan to weave top quality rugs for sale in the United States and Europe. ARZU addresses three interdependent needs: consistent and improved employment, access to education, and access to basic healthcare, with a particular focus on maternal and infant care.
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