Education, Transformation, Empowerment
While the number of people living in extreme poverty has dropped significantly over the years, the United Nations still estimates that more than 800 million people globally still live on less than $1.25 a day. Accounting for 80% of this total are the regions of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa which still experience the most widespread manifestations of extreme poverty. Furthermore, women in these regions are at greater risk than men of living in poverty. This is as a result of a range of socio-cultural and economic factors.
Handmade in Zimbabwe by women struggling to support their families with opportunities for a better life.
Using a sustainable business development model, Mufaro Dolls was launched to empower Zimbabwean women while at the same time providing environmentally friendly handmade dolls to children across the world. Mufaro Dolls is a social enterprise – anchored on innovation for social change on a diverse spectrum of levels, including but not limited to: Sustainable social development, Sustainable product supply chains, Environmentally friendly products and Educating children about diversity and acceptance.
It is within this context that the Mufaro Foundation, a subsidiary of the Mufaro Dolls, has set up its operations. The Foundation serves as the non-profit arm of the Mufaro Dolls engaged in a range of activities encouraging community education, empowerment and transformation.
The objectives of the Foundation are
- Building skills and capacity for leadership, financial literacy, business management, confidence building and general wellbeing among disadvantaged African women.
- Empowering disadvantaged communities and guide them towards sustainable development pathways.
- Nurturing young people’s self-esteem and enable them to better express themselves.
How you can help:
The Foundation’s revenue comes from three main streams, namely
- a percentage of product sales.
- grants and
These funds are used towards:
Mufaro Women’s Leadership Academy
Learning to make the Mufaro dolls is both a skill and asset for the women the company works with. These women are identified from disadvantaged communities where opportunities for learning and employment are low. Their new skills, not only generate much-needed income for these women, but they also boost their confidence, and encourage them to enter into more diverse social innovation. Additionally, where these women are trapped in abusive relationships or other dangerous situations, this extra skill and addition to their revenue will enable them to become more autonomous and less at risk.