Strength and Stem : United Kingdom
Jess Visser started Strength and Stem (United Kingdom) to empower female survivors of human trafficking through meaningful employment, life-giving community, and skills training, breaking the cycle of exploitation.
They incorporate vocational floristry training, supplementary skills training, mentorship, and work experience. Every year, they take two cohorts of ten survivors through their six-month programme.
Read more about Strength and Stem UK here.
Strength and Stem : South Africa
Jane Smith founded Strength and Stem in South Africa following a meeting with the founder of the Strength and Stem UK enterprise and sharing their interest in using floristry to see women's lives transformed.
They support young women living in poverty and at risk of gender-based violence using skills training, employment, and community. They deliver boxes full of fresh, seasonal flowers every week – straight to the doorstep of their customers within the Johannesburg area. Check out their work on their website.
Seeds and Stories : Uganda
Seeds and Stories (Uganda) empowers rural women through a regenerative fashion line and capacity building program using nature-based solutions.
Magarida Vasconcelos and Kyla Egan are working with local communities of women to teach them how to sew, embroider, etc to make and export sustainable fashion while giving the women a new trade/hope for employment to support their families.
Check their website for more information.
Sawubona : Hamilton, New Zealand
Esther Gathambo from Sawubona (Hamilton, New Zealand) has an ambitious mission to provide customers with quality and long-lasting homewares while improving African artisans' well-being and quality of life, their families, and their communities.
Esther is working with poor artisans in the slums of Uganda and her audacious goal is supporting 1 million African artisans in 10 years.
Read more here
Moraka Menstrual Cups : New Zealand
Moraka Menstrual Cups (New Zealand) was founded by CEO and founder Shuari Naidoo in 2016 when she was 16 years old. She wanted to create an organisation with a social long-term impact. Moraka’s mission is to provide affordable, accessible sustainable and cost-effective menstrual cups that counter the issue of period poverty and menstrual taboo in society and helps the environment significantly as well.
Interested people can also donate a cup via their website.
Ministry of Chai : Hamilton, New Zealand
Ministry of Chai (Hamilton) is a mobile chai tea cart business founded by Esther Burnett.
Esther is working to expand Ministry of Chai, offering private event hire and an online shop ,to enable profits to be funnelled into 1-2 community projects in rural India that focus on women and children’s education.
Restore Enterprises : Queensland, Australia
Restore Enterprises aims to employ those with disabilities, injuries and mental illness to manufacture and restore furniture for sale.
The goal is to nurture their employment skills in a secure environment, and later see them move into permanent work with other employers.
Ridi Trading : Nairobi, Kenya
Ridi Trading is an online trade arm to existing social enterprise Adili Africa, founded by project leader Peninah Wambua in 2019.
It will enable extremely poor Nairobi artisans including weavers, carvers, painters and the like to sell their products online both locally and internationally.
Thunderbird Studios : Canada
Thunderbird Studios (Canada) works with young indigenous addicts and human trafficking survivors in the far north of Canada.
Project leader, John Lambert, is a third-generation First Nations wood carver and, having experienced violence and family addiction firsthand, he is passionate about assisting those affected by it.
The Good Karma Co: Auckland, New Zealand
A social enterprise who make minimalist home and bath products from natural ingredients. They are committed to use 100% of their profits to end global poverty - focusing on education.
They hope to build a library, as a first step, and eventually a school. Learn more : https://thegoodkarmacompany.co.nz/
Our Remainders, Phillipa Holmes : Auckland NZ
Creation of a high-end food product line that is solely made from rescued food ( jams, chutneys, soups, etc) . Profits from this line will be put back into solving food security issues and help free people from food insecurity, hire people into jobs and lift them out of poverty, and help support reducing waste to landfill. Learn more : https://www.thegoodfale.com/our-remainders
Whistlebox app : Wellington, New Zealand
An app that will be helpful for people affected by family violence, anxiety, and road rage. When the user is stressed or their heart-rate (bpm) increases, it triggers the app to play media. Profits from the app will be funnelled back into various charities.
Learn more: https://whistlebox.care/
Morningside Urban Market Garden : Auckland
Helping refugee women in Auckland develop gardening and business skills, brush up on their English and develop a sense of belonging in the community. All Good Ventures funds have helped buy capital equipment and are providing ongoing strategic assistance. Learn more : Follow them on Facebook Check out TV coverage of their Eden Park project
One Day Health : Rural Uganda
Building simple health centres in rural Uganda. The vision is that every person in Uganda will be within one day’s walk of a health centre.
Funds will help build 9 new health centres, providing up to 20,000 with access to healthcare. Learn more: View their website