Purpose Economy Changing Business With Women Leaders – Purpose Economy Women Entrepreneurs – Marie Claire

“We were able to cut out the middle man and create a peer-to-peer direct trade, turning profit into mobile money,” she says. “It’s a way to get the money into the hands of women and when women have money, they get their kids in schools. It’s a ripple effect.” To partner with Soko, the women artisans apply and once accepted, will receive a small microloan to get a smartphone which they will then use to sell and accept payment for their goods. The company currently employs 700 women. Photo of Soko artisans But these mission-inspired companies aren’t just happening overseas in destitute countries. They’re starting in our own neighborhoods all over the country. In the revitalizing city of Detroit, jewelry company Rebel Nell has a dual mission: To help rebuild the city by using graffiti fallen off the numerous decaying buildings to make jewelry and to get women out of shelters. Rebel Nell necklace The idea came to Amy Peterson, an attorney, around two years ago when she was living next to a homeless shelter and had conversations with the women while walking her dog. During these conversations, Peterson learned that many of these women ended up in shelters through situations out of their control. She realized that these women needed a transitional opportunity. Peterson quickly brought on fashion manager Diana Russell and in December 2013, Rebel Nell — named after Eleanor Roosevelt’s nickname Little Nell — hired three women, one of which was living in a shelter while the other two were in transitional homes. Rebel Nell Team Today, all three women are still part of Rebel Nell’s creative designer team and all are out of shelters and supporting themselves and their families.
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