Support women empowerment in Somalia
When Inna Organic was founded in 2012, we made an important brand promise to contribute 1% of our annual revenue in support of childhood education and become a member of Pledge 1% in 2019. We started out in Taiwan, supporting various projects like libraries and teacher training for rural children. As our market expanded, so was our effort to contribute to the sustainable development goals for quality education.
Last year, Inna Organic kicked off our global outreach effort in collaboration with Street Child. We donated 10% of our holiday gift set sales to Street Child to support their work on childhood education in Somalia. Somalia is where we source our star ingredient, frankincense essential oil. It is also one of the countries whose educational system is close to non-existence due to years of wars and conflicts.
The campaign marked the beginning of our partnership with Street Child. Not only do we want to support them through Pledge 1%, but also advocate their amazing work through our own platform.
Mother’s Day is in May and we’d like to use this chance to address the importance of empowering women. Several studies show that mothers with higher education levels tend to raise healthier and more educated children. Females have always been at a disadvantage in Somalia, facing issues such as low literacy rate, early marriage, and even human trafficking as a result of the male-dominated society in the country. .
Street Child aims to improve this situation through their “Learning for Livelihoods” program allowing women to develop their literacy, numeracy, vocational skills, and encourage entrepreneurship to empower their families. This program first started in 2016 and up until 2019, it has helped 3,732 households like Faduma’s and Jamilah’s..
Is a mother to eight children whom she has to raise on her own. Before enrolling in the program, Faduma couldn’t read or write. Now, she has basic reading and writing skills along with business skills training. Faduma is making a good turnover with her business and can support her children for education in the long term.
And her family had to move after losing their only source of income to an extended drought. Her mother established a small business to support the family and Jamilah enrolled in the “Learning for Livelihoods” program. In the program, she learned how to read and write and gained skills in tailoring which helped with their family business. Jamilah is also able to support her younger brothers in their education.
The “Learning for Livelihoods” program is seen as successful as the beneficiaries’ average personal income has increased by $30 each month since their completion of the program and food security has been stable for 99% of program beneficiaries.
Street Child recently launched a similar program called the VET Toolbox. They are working with 400 young people, providing them with basic literacy, numeracy, vocational, and business training. Then, they help those young people into employment either through micro-loans or apprenticeships at companies.
Join us now to support Street Child and their work on women empowerment because women in Somalia need your help. Every little contribution counts. We thank you and on behalf of Street Child for considering supporting them and their amazing work on women empowerment in Somalia. .
**All names of beneficiaries have been changed in line with Street Child’s safeguarding policy.
Photo credit to Street Child UK.