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We've got the Daytona 500, the Fortune 500, the S&P 500, and now the SHE 500! With every tick on the clock, we can make a pad - up to 500 a day now!

We're excited to reach this milestone but our work is not over. We couldn't have reached this milestone without YOU. Read on to see what we've been up to in Q3. 

- Elizabeth and the SHE Team
Pop Quiz: Who are frequently overlooked drivers of progress?

A: Rural women farmers, who are key to the nation's economy, and are responsible for up to 80% of the food production in Rwanda.

They are also responsible for helping us produce our LaunchPads. We trained 600+ farmers, many of whom are rural women, to extract banana fiber, which we then buy from them.

They joined us in celebrating our SHE 500 milestone and each received their own pack of LaunchPads too!
>> Read more about how women farmers drive SHE's progress
Who's in control of 25% of the world wealth?

Women Moving Millions' latest report found that women control 25% of the world wealth - $20 trillion - yet less than 10% of all philanthropic dollars are invested in women and girls. 

Melinda Gates and the Gates Foundation is joining SHE and recently announced its new gender-based investing approach. We were also invited to share our approach and our patented innovation to the Gates Foundation community too. 

Grand Challenges Canada, a key investor of ours, invited SHE, as a pioneer in commercializing low-cost technology, to Gates' Annual Meeting this fall.
>> Learn why Gates is investing in women
Pulitzer Prize Winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn profile SHE in their latest book, A Path Appears

Kristof and WuDunn follow up with SHE's Founder Elizabeth Scharpf after profiling her in The New York Times Magazine four years ago.

A Path Appears weighs up the merits of the innovation, not aid approach, and concludes that “social entrepreneurship” and for-profit organizations are the most promising models for change.

We couldn't agree more! 
 
>> Read about SHE's profile in Kristof's latest book
Ain't no Mountain High Enough
We never underestimate the passion of our supporters, and Bella Wiener (at right), a high school senior in Oregon, is taking on taboos, one mountain at a time, as she prepares for a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in June 2015.

Bella is raising $50,000 for SHE along the way, and kicked off her journey with her "I Climb for SHE" event. Chief Instigating Officer Elizabeth Scharpf (at left) joined Bella in sparking awareness about SHE28.

Bella has a team of 3 climbers, but is looking for a few more climbers to help her reach her fundraising goal.

Are you up for the challenge?
>> Watch Bella's interview to learn more!
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