Tag Archives: Social enterprise

A Creative Way to Donate Much-Needed School Supplies

Rossetti_Ladies_for_web_largeEven though it’s summer vacation for most kids across the country the new school season will roll around  before we know it. That means millions of schoolchildren will attend their first day of school without the school supplies they need to excel. One Chicago-based company has devised a creative way to change that scenario for schoolkids in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland.

3CWear, a for profit company, partners with fine artists around the world to create designs specifically for their tees. For every tee you buy a school supplies kit is gifted to a child in need. 3CWear’s social enterprise mission is two-fold: promote talented artists and do good. Currently 3CWear’s catalog of tees ranges in price from $15 (sale price) to $24, a reasonable cost for a full priced t-shirt. Most of the collections are highlighted by a video feature of the artist who created and donated the design to 3CWear. Through August 12, 2013 limited edition tees by Italian artist Brigitta Rosetti will be on sale at www.3cwear.com.

Launched by a husband and wife team 3CWear is poised to be a leader in the buy one, give one industry due to its emphasis on the arts, design, fashion, and giving back.

“Last year my husband and I began an online based clothing store with a social commitment of giving school supplies to children in need in the United States,” said A Yanina Gomez, CEO of 3CWear and mother of two, via email. “We partner with established artists who donate a design exclusively for 3cWear. These designs are available for a limited time. For every top we sell, we (3c + customer) give a school supply kit to a local child in need. We REALLY care about the arts and education in our nation and want to ensure that our children go to school fully prepared to be actively engaged in the learning experience.”

If you would like to buy a tee and gift a child with much-needed school supplies you can use promo code “giving”. Visit 3CWear.com to shop for a good cause.

Top 10 Social Enterprises Improving the Lives of Women, Girls

The more women and girls can receive a helping hand the better for the entire world’s future. It has been said time and time again that women and girls are the future of so many developing countries and yet they typically linger on the bottom rung of society.

Each year Women Deliver celebrates International Women’s Day by highlighting social enterprises that improve the lives of women and girls worldwide. Out of 25 very deserving organizations 10 made the final cut after public votes were cast. Winners were  announced last Friday.

The winners represent a global mix of organizations that range from helping young girls code to empowering the next generation of women leaders. Each winner will receive a full scholarship to attend Women Deliver’s conference in May that will be held in Malaysia.

Great read: The Impact: What Social Enterprises Can Do for Girls Everywhere

The full list of social enterprise challenge contestants (in alphabetical order) are below.

Black Girls Code

Location: USA and Africa

Website: BlackGirlsCode.com

Educate2Envision International

Location: Honduras

Website: educate2envision.org

G3 Box

Location: Kenya

Website: g3box.org

Global Health Media Project

Location: Global

Website: http://globalhealthmedia.org

New Incentives

Location: Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, India, Bangladesh, and Cambodia

Website: newincentives.org

Teen Revolt

Location: United States

Website: teenrevolt.org

Torath Production

Location: Qatar and Middle East North Africa region

Website: torathproduction.com

VOICE 4 Girls

Location: India

Website: voice4girls.org

Wedu

Location: Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Thailand

Website: wedufund.org

Woman to Woman Foundation

Location: Uganda

Website: facebook.com/womantowomanfoundation

Photo: UN Photo/Stuart Price

Ugandan Women Craft for Economic Stability

Never underestimate the power of a woman who can earn her own money and provide for her family.

This statement is true everywhere in Africa and other parts of the developing world. One trait that is perpetually apparent when you travel abroad and visit areas in need is people want to work; they want to be able to buy food and pay for their children’s education and health needs. They want to take care of their home and put money away to save like everyone else. Sometimes this is difficult to achieve in developing nations because of rife poverty, war, and lack of economic opportunities. But there are social enterprise models that tap into the creativity, ingenuity, and work ethic of women who craft beautiful clothes, bags, and wares for purchase.

Mend, a program of the Invisible Children, is one of those social enterprise companies that is giving women a chance to earn money and pull themselves out of the cycle of poverty. Based in Gulu, Uganda most of the seamstresses are former child soldiers or wives of LRA rebel commanders in Uganda who were in power during the civil war.

“We believe our program is unique in its holistic approach to recovery and commitment to sustainable financial independence for our seamstresses, while creating quality, value-added products that people want to own.”

The seamstresses at Mend make beautiful totes made of printed canvas that are meticulously trimmed with leather. Each canvas bag retails for $75 and the blank canvas bag retails for $65. All proceeds from the sale of the basg goes back into the Mend program where women can work and expand their financial earnings and better earn a living for their families.

What is particularly fascinating about Mend is the women are able to earn money from their work and are benefited from the collective work of them all.  Be sure to visit the Mend blog to read more about Mend’s work.

Buy a Mend tote on the Invisible Children web site.