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Riva Richmond
Riva Richmond
Riva Richmond, the Director of Digital Media for The Story Exchange is a longtime journalist focused on technology, global business and small business. She was most recently a senior editor at The Economist Intelligence Unit and has written for The New York Times, Entrepreneur.com, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires and other national publications. Riva is passionate about travel and has traversed the Middle East, Europe, India and Central America. Formerly a dancer and then a martial artist, she now practices hatha yoga and surfs her local Rockaway break.
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Love for a Sensual Dance Fuels a Body-Positivity Mission

Oreet Jehassi Schwartz of Philadelphia designed SharQui, a belly dance class for fitness fans. Then it became the foundation for lasting a business — and a tool to help women around the world love the bodies they’ve got.

Riva RichmondLove for a Sensual Dance Fuels a Body-Positivity Mission
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Building Schools and Futures in Central America

Boston’s Kate Curran started School the World to build schoolhouses and change the lives of children living in extreme poverty. It turns out she’s transforming the lives of privileged kids, too.

Riva RichmondBuilding Schools and Futures in Central America
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Turning Soap into Jobs for Iraqi Women

When Zinah Saleh and her female friends couldn’t land jobs in a post-war Baghdad, she started a business, Ishtar Handmade Soap. Now, she employs only women.

Riva RichmondTurning Soap into Jobs for Iraqi Women
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An Indian Startup Takes ‘Ugly’ Farm Food To Market

Since 2013, DesiVDesi has sold low-cost solar dryers to farmers in India and beyond, reducing food waste and raising farmer incomes. Now, it aims to take those dried fruits and veggies to the masses, co-founder Nidhi Pant tells us.

Riva RichmondAn Indian Startup Takes ‘Ugly’ Farm Food To Market
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Spotlighting Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs

The path for immigrants is getting more treacherous. Fortunately, immigrant women entrepreneurs display deep wells of resiliency, not to mention goodwill, our ongoing coverage shows.

Riva RichmondSpotlighting Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs
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Family and Eggnog Makes a Happy Christmas

Heidi Fausel’s eggnog company, Christmas Milk, won’t let a little fall misfortune ruin a season of happiness, or its annual gift to help foster kids find “forever homes.”

Riva RichmondFamily and Eggnog Makes a Happy Christmas
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Young Entrepreneurs in the Age of Obamacare

We asked young entrepreneurs at a Brooklyn coworking space what access to insurance through the Affordable Care Act has meant for them — and what they’ll do if a Republican-promised repeal means it’s taken away.

Riva RichmondYoung Entrepreneurs in the Age of Obamacare