Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have written an inspiring (and eye-opening) article – The Women’s Crusade – for this weekend’s The New York Times Magazine. It begins with a profile of Saima Muhammad (pictured above) who, with the help of a micro-finance loan, was able to begin an embroidery business that utterly transformed her life.

Photograph by Katy Grannan for The New York Times.