Susan B. Anthony said, “Every woman should have a purse of her own.” As the stay-at-home part of a couple, I know that even with a supportive partner who thinks of his paycheck as our money, it’s still more than nice to have a bit of income earned by me and spent by me.
Walmart, one of the largest employers of women in the world, is launching a women’s economic empowerment campaign called Empowering Women Together. This is a new initiative in advancing Walmart’s commitment to global women’s economic empowerment. This is part of Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic plan to source 20 billion dollars from women-owned businesses through 2016.
Both in Walmart stores and through Walmart.com you can support women-owned business from the U.S. and all over the world through the purchase of apparel, home goods, food and accessories. These items are both unique and beautiful. I especially like the woven grass bowls.
Currently, the project has more than 200 products from 19 businesses in nine countries. Items according to Walmart include: “jewelry from Peru, Rwanda, Kenya and the U.S.; home accessories from Rwanda and Haiti; paper mache from Haiti, apparel and accessories from Rwanda; iPad and laptop cases from Cambodia and Nepal; coffee and tea sets sourced globally and made in America; and specialty foods made in America and Canada.”
Learn more about one group of women in Rwanda creating handmade goods for sale at Walmart through Gahaya Links and Full Circle Exchange. Faith Mbabazi is so inspiring to me as she talks about what drives her.
Go to YouTube to see other videos about the Women’s Bean Project and the launch of Empowering Women Together.
And since everything good has a Pinterest board these days, see more about Empowering Women Together there too. I’ve added them to my own board on the topic of Social Good.
Helping women through trade and not aid is an issue close to my heart and I’ve written about it several times in conjunction with another retailer. I’m surprised and impressed to see Walmart join in this movement that helps empower women everywhere support their families and improve their communities through their own businesses.
Mom It Forward and Walmart partnered in support of the Empowering Women Together campaign. As a member of the Mom It Forward blogger network, Walmart compensated me participating. Of course, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Really interesting stuff. I’ve have to look more into it.
Thanks for the comment, Denise. I though the jewelry was especially lovely. I don’t really wear it, but my daughters do.
What a great initiative. Nice to see Walmart involved in some social good.
I love their commitment to women on this one!