[SLIDESHOW] Women Rising from Slaves to Start-ups in Nepal

Two inspirational activists, age 10 and 89, have teamed up to raise startup funding for the Freedom Loan Fund Campaign being sponsored by the Nepal Youth Foundation.  Click Here to learn more.

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SOURCE: Nepal Youth Foundation


Vivienne, age 10, joins forces with Olga, age 89, for Nepal Women Entrepreneurs

2 women activists, age 10 and 89, partner to help former women slaves in nepal start businesses

Vivienne Harr and Olga Murray

Make a Stand Lemon-aid and Nepal Youth Foundation Join Forces for the Freedom Loan Fund Campaign — Part of a Strategy to Help End Child Slavery

Sausalito, CA (PRWEB) June 04, 2014

World famous 10-year old social entrepreneur Vivienne Harr and her company Make a Stand Lemon-aid will help lead The Freedom Loan Fund Campaign, a month-long effort to raise $40,000 for a micro-loan fund that is helping young women who grew up as child slaves in Nepal start their own businesses. Read more of this post

Vivienne Tweets from the United Nations

A precious tweet from the United Nations Social Innovation Summit:




Girl Author, Age 10, Invited for Reading at Book Passage in Corte Madera May 3


CORTE MADERA, Calif. (May 3, 2014) – Vivienne Harr, age 10, will read from her new children’s book “Make a Stand: When life gives you lemons, change the world!” at 1:00 PM on Saturday May 3, 2014 at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. in Corte Madera. Vivienne’s first book tells the true story of her lemonade stand against child slavery while teaching other kids to make a stand in their lives. Read more of this post

#standwithme in sharing Official Movie Trailer

Don’t miss this historic event, the beginning of the end of child slavery.  On behalf of Make a Stand, Vivienne Harr and the production team at Stillmotion Originals, #standwithme and share the official trailer on social media with the hashtag ‘#standwithme’

Troy, Ohio Makes a Stand to End Child Slavery Aug. 31

TROY, Ohio (August 31, 2013) – On Labor Day weekend, Troy, Ohio will host a gathering against human trafficking with 9-year-old social entrepreneur Vivienne Harr. Last year Vivienne learned about child slavery and started a lemonade stand, running it for 365 days straight and raising over $100,000 for groups that fight slavery. Now Vivienne’s fair trade lemonade is being bottled with half the profits dedicated to ending child slavery.


Vivienne Harr

Note to Editors: Labor Day weekend meet Vivienne Saturday and taste some of her Lemon-‘Aid’ in downtown Troy. Sunday, join Vivienne and friends for an Afternoon of Abolition with speakers, a documentary screening, and music by Heather Evans.


  • Make a Stand Weekend – Join 9-yr-old Vivienne Harr and the Troy First United Methodist Church’s lemonade stand against slavery.
  • Girl, age 9, launching lemonade sales in Ohio for the company she started as a lemonade stand, Make a Stand, Inc.


  • Lemonade Stand to End Child Slavery, 10 AM, Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Afternoon of Abolition, 3 PM, Sunday, September 1, 2013


  • First Place, 16 West Franklin St. in downtown Troy, OH


  • Vivienne Harr, Age 9, founder, Make A Stand, Inc. SPC (www.makeastand.com); ran lemonade stand for 365 days straight to raise over $100,000 to end child slavery,
  • Brett Bogan, founder, Free to Run Foundation (www.freetorunfoundation.org), Organizing Races to Combat Slavery and Injustice Around the World
  • Rev. Dave Leckrone, Senior Pastor, Troy First United Methodist Church (www.troyfumc.org)


  • It is estimated that there are 27 million slaves in the world today.
  • Vivienne is believed to be the first girl in American history to bottle her own lemonade stand lemonade, now available in over 50 stores on the West Coast. Half the profits are dedicated to ending slavery.


  • “Gandhi was one person. Martin Luther King was one person. Mother Teresa was one person. Why can’t you be someone who helps?” – Vivienne


National Lemonade Day August 20

When you search Google for ‘National Lemonade Day 2013’ only one day of the year comes up, Tuesday, August 20th.  Try it.

We’ve got lemonade on the brain here at Make A Stand and I’m always trying to think about the next big lemonade stand and was looking forward to August 20th.

So I was a little bemused today to see this video from Bailee Madison with a public service spot on YouTube asking people to register their lemonade stands at AlexsLemonade.org for Lemonade Days June 7-9.  Lemonade stands are about as American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chrevrolet.  Here’s Bailee:

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Empowered women make nations strong

Celebrate Solutions: Empowering Aspiring Female Tech Workers in Kenya

Women Deliver

(CNN) — Sometimes a number can put a complicated truth in simple terms. Here’s one: 20%. A child whose family budget is controlled by the mother is 20% more likely to survive.

Why? Women know what’s best for their families. They make health care, nutritious food and education priorities. But most women in developing countries don’t control household budgets, and many also don’t control the circumstances of their own lives. If women everywhere had the power to determine their futures, the world would be forever transformed.

This week I will attend the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur. I’ll be joined by more than 3,000 people who have dedicated their careers to empowering women and girls. The specifics of our work differ, but we’re all united by a single, powerful idea: Empowered women and girls will save lives, make families more prosperous and help the poorest countries in the world build stronger economies. Continue Reading at CNN.com