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Bold goal becomes reality: 100,000 women strengthened as entrepreneurs through program of CARE and H&M Foundation

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Three years ago it sounded as a bold goal, but now it has become reality. 100.000 women from poor communities got the opportunity to become self-sufficient entrepreneurs through the global program of CARE and H&M Foundation, with results showing a ten-fold increase in income in some cases.

100.000 women from poor communities got into business

Potential unlocked

Making my own business has really changed my life. I´m proud to be an entrepreneur,’ a participant from Peru explains.In 11 countries worldwide 100.000 women got access to the funds and business skills they need, in order to startup or expand their own business - and change their future for generations to come.  

This program reveals the enormous potential of women from marginalized communities. When they get access to the right skills and tools, and tap into their own inner strength, they take leadership in their lives and become successful entrepreneurs, regardless of their background.

Inspiration and support accelerator for success
Through 5 regional campaigns in Peru, Jordan, Nepal, Burundi, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone CARE has also provided a platform to role models to inspire women of poor communities to overcome their hurdles and realize their dreams. The campaigns have shown that support among women is an important contributing factor for women to achieve success.

A global report has been developed which shows the potential of the world’s most marginalized women as a key to eradicate poverty. The report advocates for policy changes needed to ensure more women reach their full potential and exercise their rights. It has been offered to key policy makers and influencers on women’s rights and empowerment.

All 10.000 participating women from Burundi increase income
CARE is convinced that encouraging and facilitating entrepreneurship for women is a vital step to fight poverty and achieve equality. In Burundi a
ll 10.000 participating women increased their income, with an average increase of 203 per cent. Results have been equally promising across Guatemala, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Nepal, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Zambia. To support the women’s process of empowerment CARE also engages husbands and sons. The program has proven to be a core contributing factor in achieving equality between women and men.

Pressekontakter: http://www.care.no/om-oss/presse/ 

About H&M Foundation

The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of the fashion company H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to create long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in communities, people and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with prominent organizations around the globe, the Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Strengthening women, Education, Clean water, and Protecting the planet. In addition, the H&M Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated SEK 1.1 billion (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to the H&M Foundation. For further information, visit hmfoundation.com.

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CARE er en global bistandsorganisasjon som jobber for kvinners rettigheter, både fordi dette er et viktig mål i seg selv og den mest effektive måten å redusere fattigdom.
Hjelp til kvinner hjelper flere.

CARE ble etablert i 1945 og er i dag en av verdens fremste bistandsaktører. Gjennom et nettverk av organisasjoner med sterk lokal tilhørighet i 95 land, jobber vi for å skape varige endringer som reduserer fattigdom og sikrer menneskerettigheter. CAREs kontor i Norge har om lag tyve ansatte.

Spare- og lånegruppene er en av våre viktigste metoder for å bekjempe fattigdom. Dette er en form for mikrofinans utviklet av CARE for 25 år siden, som nå anvendes over hele verden. Gruppene gir fattige mennesker muligheter til å endre livet sitt og samfunnet de bor i gjennom egen innsats.

CARE bistår mennesker som rammes av naturkatastrofer og konflikter med livsviktig nødhjelp. Vi jobber også for at fattige og sårbare mennesker skal kunne klare seg gjennom kriser uten å være avhengige av hjelp for å overleve. Forebygging redder flere liv og er billigere enn nødhjelp.

CAREs visjon er en verden hvor fattigdom er overvunnet og mennesker lever i trygghet og verdighet. CARE vil være en global kraft og en anerkjent samarbeidspartner i en verdensomspennende bevegelse dedikert til fattigdomsbekjempelse. CARE skal være kjent overalt for vårt ufravikelige engasjement for menneskers verdighet.

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