|About||Creative Women of the World is a 501c3 Nonprofit that provides business training and marketing solutions for women rising out of poverty.|
|Mission||Creative Women of the World is dedicated to providing a marketing venue for marginalized women from around the world by encouraging creative exploration and effective business practices.|
Creative Women of the World is THE place to find original designs created by women who live in third world countries and by women in first world countries that support and believe in the power of creativity as a solution for poverty.
Why Creative Women of the World?
While working with HAPI as a full time volunteer for the last four and a half years, I have met several people from other parts of the world. They love what we have done with HAPI and have expressed interest in having a similar marketing venue for their artisan made products. Women from Sierra Leone, Sudan, Mexico, India, Turkey are just a few. Therefore I have been inspired to start a new "social" business named Creative Women of the World. We will have a website (and possibly a store front) that gives us an opportunity to share the stories of women who have found the power of creativity. In many countries, women are not given the right to think independently-- to see or even look for possibility. Consequently, their lives are mired in exhausting poverty with no hope of getting out. When they begin to look at all the possibilities their attitudes and lives shift dramatically.
HAPI employs ABCD, Asset Based Community Development. Rather than looking for all the problems that need solutions in a community, as most non-profits do, HAPI uses the tool of assessing assets. Those assets come in many forms. They may include respect for the environment, tillable land, a collective community culture, and individual skills. To begin to look at available assets rather than just the problems, requires some creative thinking. People have to break out of familiar ruts of negativity and focus on possibilities instead. For women this seems particularly freeing because in many countries, their role has never been in leading community development. Often their hidden skills come out in the form of beautifully made products and the benefits are multiple. They begin to earn a living that allows them to fee
- News Sentinel article published August 20, 2011
- Glo Magazine article published December 2012
|Founded||By Lorelei VerLee on July 20, 2011|
- Recycled cement bag Gratitude Journals from Haiti
- Abolitionist necklaces and jewelry scarves from Turkey
- Organic leather purses from Tajikistan
- Pop tab purses from Mexico
- Recycled magazine bead necklaces and woven baskets from Uganda
- Metalwork jewelry and cruelty-free leather goods from India
- Mudcloth scarves and jewelry from Mal & Kenyai
- Recycled denim mini-purse earrings and key rings from the U.S.