There are many challenges in our ever-evolving world, but one factor remains constant: the timeless importance of women and mothers, their invaluable contribution to raising the next generation, and their critical role in building healthy economies.
Young Living is made up of over 95 percent female entrepreneurs all around the world, and has offered the opportunity for hundreds of thousands of women to build their businesses, enabling them to provide for their families.
There are many women around the world born into conditions of economic vulnerability, that have the skill set, talent, and drive, but lack the resources and opportunity to create sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their children. Across the developing world, it is not uncommon for women to carry the economic burden of the home, and yet there are such limited employment options for them.
Extreme poverty makes it challenging for mothers to keep their children safe, cared for, and educated, which keeps these cycles moving into the next generation.
This is where the Young Living Foundation comes in. Under this enterprise pillar, we provide micro-funding to women-led businesses located in areas of economic hardship. Investing in their small enterprises allows them to generate sustainable household income and provide for their children.
One way we promote enterprise development is by finding artisan groups in vulnerable circumstances around the world and giving them small grants to build and expand their income generating ventures. We then connect many of these artisan groups to the Young Living market.
We currently partner with 15 women-led artisan groups across ten countries, many of whom are resilient survivors of extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, disability, displacement, war, forced prostitution, and violence.
Alphonsine Mukamurara is an expert weaver. But even more beautiful than her bowls is her heart of service. Alphonsine was in her early 20s when her sister died, leaving behind eight children. Though she was young, Alphonsine felt called to take on the role of mother for her nieces and nephews. Through her weaving, she has supported them and continued building her family with three more children. She also built a home with her income from weaving!
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The Young Living Foundation provides micro-investment grants for women-led small businesses that help improve their business strategy, increase outputs, grow their consumer-base, promote marketability, and provide additional job opportunities to others. To date, we have provided five capacity building grants to five women-led small businesses.
Mabira Collective’s mission is to empower Ugandan women through a vibrant social enterprise that provides stable employment and educational opportunities, thereby building the capacity of artisans to end the cycle of poverty and become advocates for change in their communities. In addition to fair pay, they also provide medical benefits, school fee sponsorships, and training in small business development, literacy, and health.
The Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society works with dozens of small, family-owned workshops throughout the West Bank to fuel economic stability in an area filled with conflict. These family-owned businesses provide a lifeline for families seeking economic security to stay in their homeland in one of the most conflict-ridden places on the earth.
Global Patchwork began with the goal of increasing refugee women’s social integration, while teaching them revenue generating sewing skills. These women learn a range of skills, including product creation, repairs, alterations, and serging. Currently, this program supports 25 refugee women and their children. Long term, we project this program to grow to over 100 refugee women.
Raksha Nepal’s mission is to create a safe society for women and children. Its shelter provides hope and healing for those freed from sexual trafficking while also fostering economic independence through skills-based training. To date, Raksha is responsible for the rescue and rehabilitation of 790 children and has provided vocational training in tailoring for more than 500 women.
Azizi Life is a fair trade organization dedicated to partnering with hundreds of skilled artisans so they can lift their families from poverty. In addition to expanding economic opportunity through fair trade, Azizi Life invests in a range of community-impact projects. They also hold adult literacy classes and offer other resources for personal, spiritual, and economic growth.