H&M Conscious Foundation

H&M Conscious Foundation

13,950 women strengthened so far in CARE and H&M Conscious Foundation program

Investing in women's economic empowerment - a catalyst for positive change!

First results booked in partnership towards lasting change

In a three-year global partnership CARE and the H&M Conscious Foundation focus on strengthening women to ensure women’s full participation in all walks of life. Now one year has passed; 13 950 women in poor communities have been provided with the funds and business skills they need, in order to startup or expand their own business - and transform their futures.

One of them is Esther, a 26 year old lady from Peru that has one daughter. The road to her economic independence hasn’t been easy. Through hard work and perseverance she is now a female entrepreneur that want to inspire many other women, just like her.

Watch Esther’s story and the results of the first year .

Juana from Peru is also part of the strengthening women program. “What men can do, I can do as well”, says Juana. In our program she learns how to grow lemons efficiently. Read her story here .

About the strengthening women program

Around the world, women and girls are the ones that are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination. They make up the majority of the world’s poorest people. In all regions of the world women spend at least twice as much time as men on unpaid domestic work. Women and girls are prevented from realizing their potential and dreams.

By 2017, CARE, with support of the H&M Conscious Foundation, will provide more than 100.000 women in poor communities with access to tools, knowledge, skills training and/or seed capital to start up or to expand their businesses. Women will be trained according to their needs, in sales expertise, general business development skills, and financial literacy.

We will also organize five regional campaigns with powerful and inspiring women to raise awareness regarding the barriers they have had to overcome to reach their full potential. We will use these positive stories to inspire women of poor communities to realize their dreams for a better future.

A global report will be developed advocating for policy changes needed to ensure more women reach their full potential and exercise their rights. This report will be offered to key policy makers and influencers on women’s rights and empowerment.

Watch this video about the goals of the CARE - H&M Conscious Foundation program .

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Welcome to the world of CARE

We believe in the inner strength of each and every human being. Everyone has the right to reach her or his full potential and deserves a chance for a better life. We believe a better life is possible and change can happen when we stand together. We aim for the most dedicated network of small and large do-gooders. Of passionate world citizens and partners working together to fight poverty and bringing lasting change. Based on this belief, we seek to bring out the best in people. 

We as CARE focus our efforts on women and girls because we believe they are the key to fighting poverty. When equipped with proper resources, women have the power to help their families and entire communities escape poverty. When women earn an income, they reinvest 90 percent of it in their families. Through this partnership we will empower women in a lasting, sustainable way, which will benefit themselves and many people around them, and is as such a catalyst for positive change.

For questions about this Global Partnership, please contact:

Sarina Maat, Manager Corporate Relations & Partnerships
Email: maat@carenederland.org
Office: +31 70 310 50 33
Mobile: +31 6 1488 48 60

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