Travelling across the country is tiring and after 10 days away from home, it’s even worse. But coming home and finding something special waiting (besides my four children and their exhausted father) makes it a lot better. In this case I was the happy recipient of this beautiful handmade scarf from a woman named Genet in Ghana.
Genet is part of a joint effort between ONE, which was started by international superstar Bono, fashionABLE, and the ALT design summit. The aim of the program is to create entrepreneurs by teaching African women the skills they need to start, manage and grow their own businesses. I met some of these women when I visited Ghana and this program is the real deal.
Along with the scarf I got a hand signed tag from Genet and a letter that tells her story of deprivation, hardship and abuse and her emergence from that world thanks to this program. Now in her early 20s, Genet is able to embrace her role as a mother to her 6-year-old daughter. Genet said she is,” Grateful to have a job that provides dignity,” in her letter.
I think that’s what excites me the most about this program. It teaches these women skills and uses the dignity of work to help them improve their own lives and take charge of their destiny. If you’d like to join me in supporting this program, please go to One.org or livefashionABLE.com.
You won’t be alone in your support of these women. ONE.org has over 3 million people acting to end extreme poverty. And fasionABLE is specifically aimed at helping to create safe opportunities for the vulnerable women of Africa.