Poverty and its corollary powerlessness are overcome first by listening to the voices of the poor and their perspectives, aspirations and cultural identities.
I found out that girls who play sports are statistically less likely to get pregnant or be in an abusive relationship, and are statistically healthier, more confident, and happier.
I believe I am one of those individuals that has come with a focus to work towards development of the world. There is a deep desire to bring about sustainable change.
Kari and I founded Buy The Change to increase economic and educational opportunities for women in the developing world through the sale of their fairly traded, handmade products in the American marketplace.
Hollaback! started in 2005 as the project of seven youth (three men and four women). As the women told story after story of harassment, the men became increasingly concerned.
Success to us is the ability to reach out to the maximum number of women entrepreneurs in the country and help them set up thriving businesses.
For the past decade, I’ve worked in women’s philanthropy and social justice and have met phenomenal women doing important work.
I was working in community development in various countries and realised that although there were networks for women in business, there was not much around women who wanted to impact on society and the environment.
After experiencing true happiness, confidence and peace in my life; I developed a strong passion to help other women and girls experience the same joy in their lives.
It was a dream I had since I was a teen and 2012 in Flint, MI was the time and place to start it. My vision has been to provide an outlet for women and children in need.
I yearned to find happiness through meaningful work, and knew that combining my two favorite passions, international development and fashion, would let me do just that.
After a year of fostering and after the placement of our now adopted daughter, we vowed to create a way for more people to support children at such a confusing and vulnerable time in their lives.
My greatest success to date is the fact that I’ve been able to keep two companies alive – and not only that, but companies which actually focus on increasing capital for women and small business owners.
I realized that I could pair the market opportunity of women seeking a more meaningful wedding dress with the social need for safe, fair, and empowering work for women…and create something truly beautiful.
When I decided to become a social entrepreneur, I had 2 things in mind: how to give real job opportunities to talented artisans in Bolivia and how to create beautiful home accessories using only recycled or discarded materials and combining it with the amazing talent of Bolivian artisans.