Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Cause of the Season January - March 2021

We’ve all heard the saying, give someone a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach someone how to fish, you feed them for a lifetime. This could not be more resourceful in any other time than we see ourselves, approximately a year into the COVID-19 pandemic with millions of people locally and globally suffering loss of income, opportunity, safety and health.

 Women through Heifer International Women in developing countries, before and during the pandemic, experience great challenges and lack the necessary resources that can lead them to the freedoms and opportunities they were created to have. With such barriers, they lack access to the education, tools and funding/employment that can lead them and their families to health, safety and self reliance. Research from the United Nations indicates "that when more income is put into the hands of women, child nutrition, health and education improves." Additionally, "every extra year of primary school increases girls' eventual wages by 10-20 percent. It also encourages them to marry later and have fewer children, and leaves them less vulnerable to violence." Amazingly enough data from 68 countries shows "that a woman's education is a key factor in determining a child's survival."

Women rising to equity and opportunity will pave the way for some of the world’s most crucial needs. United Nations Women found evidence that indicates that if women in the agricultural labor force of developing countries had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20 to 30 percent, raising total agricultural output in these countries by 2.5 to 4 percent. This would reduce the number of hungry people in the world by around 12 to 17 percent.”

These aren't just numbers, these are lives full of purpose and intention. In 2012 the World Bank Organization sought to research and find solutions to provide for Gender Equality and Development. Their findings closed in on 4 identified areas that were essential in creating an impact for change: human capital, economic productivity, access to finance, and empowerment.

Heifer International Helping Women With Chicken

This is why this season at Life Originelle, we have partnered with Heifer International, a phenomenal organization that has its roots in providing the fish, the education to fish, and everything in between to empower women and families in need to thrive, build social equity and create sustainable ventures that can pay it forward to others in their communities.
 

Heifer International has been investing in women around the world since 1944. Written loud and boldly on their platform: “Investing in women is key to ending hunger and poverty. And it’s at the very center of our community development approach.” In supporting entrepreneurs, they simply put it like this: “When women have control over their assets and incomes, they reinvest in their families. Everyone eats more nutritious food. Kids go to school. Families get better access to health care. That’s why we invest in women farmers and business owners, equipping them with the tools and expertise they need to make their businesses thrive and grow.”

Here’s how it works:

Financial independence:  Heifer International is an on-the-ground organization that supports women with an end to end solution. It begins with empowerment and makes its way through equipping female entrepreneurs with the resources, knowledge, and access to the specific markets needed to launch her successful business. By organizing Women’s Self Help Groups, Heifer International: 

    • Teaches women to read and write, empowering them to take control
    • Gives them livestock and training to increase their sense of self-reliance
    • Reduces their vulnerability to domestic violence and trafficking
    • Encourages women to become business owners
No solution to hunger and poverty can ever take root unless we engage and empower women to propel their families and communities toward prosperity. Through education and encouragement, Heifer is helping women find their voice. Investing into women’s self help groups specifically provides: 
  • School Fees and Supplies
  • Community Sustainability
  • Self-Reliance
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Education and Training
  • Improved Environment
  • Health and Sanitation
  • Nutrition
  • Passing on the Gift
Women at Work Through Heifer International  Life Originelle


Life Originelle’s Support:

At Life Originelle we are honored to simply know organizations that work to bring freedom, love and empowerment to individuals around the world that are in need. As women, we are blessed to be able to contribute to other beautiful women across the globe that are talented, brave and beautiful inside and out. From January to March 2021, 10% of all our proceeds will be donated to Heifer International’s Women’s Self Help Groups. To fund each group costs $75. Proceeds will provide support for women’s groups, training in gender equality and the means to send girls to school.  We’re not only excited to help fund these groups but to raise awareness of the lovely work that Heifer International performs on the daily, helping empower women around the world to reach their full potential. 

 

Resources and more information can be found at:

United Nations Women 

World Bank Organization 

Heifer International 

Women Through Heifer International Life Originelle
 
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