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1 billion women around the world remain outside of the formal financial system today. Yes, you read that right. 1 billion. In this episode we speak with Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, about this staggering imbalance. We ask Mary Ellen about what it will take to close that gap and how investing in women leads to greater economic stability and prosperity for their families and communities.

How do you jumpstart an economy in a community that has no money? Create a new currency. Will Ruddick is one of the directors of Grassroots Economics, a non-profit foundation focused on community development through economic empowerment the community currency programs. By creating new and secure currencies with blockchain, marginalized communities can become self-sustaining economies.