A year ago, we launched our shirt and poster which benefit women around the world. The cool people that make up our online audience (that's you) responded like never before. As such, we've together been able to make a world of difference. Through our partnering with nonprofit Jolkona, we have contributed to the following projects to date:
Provided a literary text for mentors in Niger
Rural Niger in West Africa has a 10% literacy rate. We helped increase literacy in Niger by supporting the RAIN Girl's Scholarship Program that offers scholarships and mentoring to girls most in need. With almost no literate women in the community, tutors are replaced with mentors who not only provide guidance and support to succeed in school, but training in traditional and life skills as well. (Learn more.)
Trained a woman in Haiti
Through Fonkoze, we attacked illiteracy in Haiti through a pioneering educational program that combines basic literacy training with practical education in subjects such as business development, sexual and reproductive health, and effective use of financial services. Together, we all helped one woman go through a four month module to improve her literacy and practical education. (Learn more.)
Provided farm training to a woman in Sudan
We supported women farmers in eastern Sudan by helping provide the seeds, tools, and training they need to feed their families and generate income for their communities. By supporting the newly-formed Women Farmers' Union, we ensured that women can continue to work collectively to sustain their families for the long haul. (Learn more.)
Trained a girl in Pakistan
We joined the bold 4GGL Movement empowering girls and young women of Pakistan and around the world. Our donation specifically helped empower girls and young women of Pakistan so that they become today's agents of local change and tomorrow's women leaders of Pakistan. (Learn more.)
Provided school supplies to two girls in Liberia
In Liberia, where the average life expectancy is 46 years old and the GDP is the 2nd lowest in the world, education can make all the difference. We helped provide girls (many orphans, street children, and former sex workers) with the educational tools they need to live better lives. Additionally, the girls learn proper nutrition, are provided with immunizations, and learn about disease transmission prevention as well as learn to read and write. (Learn more.)
Provided one semester of education to a girl in Liberia
In Liberia, where the average life expectancy is 46 years old and the GDP is the 2nd lowest in the world, education can make all the difference. We helped provide girls (many orphans, street children, and former sex workers), with the educational tools they need to live better lives. Our support will provide a girl with a scholarship to attend school. Additionally, the girls learn proper nutrition, are provided with immunizations, and learn about disease transmission prevention as well as learn to read and write. (Learn more.)
Provided business opportunities for two Peruvian women
Together we helped Awamaki provide workshops to women weavers. These women come from Quechua-speaking indigenous communities in the remote Andean highlands. Most cannot speak Spanish, read, or write. Our support helps Awamaki offer skills-building workshops that helps improve the quality of their weavings so they fetch a higher price. Our support also helps Awamaki offer training in financial management and leadership so that the women can manage their own cooperative membership, orders, and communal savings fund. (Learn more.)
Provided one woman access to clothing in the U.S.
Jubilee's program offers personalized, holistic services and connects women to the community resources they need to become self-sufficient. Jubilee's care managers meet women where they are at, offering support, encouragement and coaching. Together, we sponsored work clothing for a homeless woman so that she can set short-term goals that help build a road map for long-term change. (Learn more.)
Planted five fruit trees at a girls' school in Tanzania
The Sega Girls Secondary Boarding School, located in Morogoro, Tanzania, supports poor vulnerable girls who have dropped out of school due to poverty. We supported the boarding school by providing healthy meals. (Learn more.)
Provided one month of transportation to school for girls in Tanzania
The Sega Girls Secondary Boarding School, located in Morogoro, Tanzania, supports poor vulnerable girls who have dropped out of school due to poverty. We supported the boarding school by helping to provide transportation to the school. (Learn more.)
And, because we believe in contributing to nonprofit organizations to improve operations and efficiency, we have also sponsored a Jolkona volunteer meeting and have donated additional amounts to help Jolkona continue its work to empower others around the world.
Consider this update our collective success story. Because you support our work - by reading our articles and purchasing our merchandise - we are able to pay forward your kindness through Jolkona to women around the world.