Most moms that I know want to improve the lives of their families. My mother-in-law, Ruth, was a wonderful example of this. A single mom of three boys she worked as an instructional aid in a local school during the day and then headed to do construction clean-up to make extra money after the school day ended. Hers was a very full day.
When I met FishPapa, his mom was a student at my university working to get a Bachelor’s degree and later a teaching credential. It was such a boost to her confidence to accomplish that and to graduate top in her major. While she might have been in her fifties when she finally graduated, she knew she’d accomplished a lot.
She’d known hard times — and yet she rose above them.
I bet you know a mom like that. In fact, there are moms all over the world who struggle to provide for their families and build a livelihood to sustain themselves. We get a glimpse of these women at Mercy House or through Compassion and their Child Survival Programs.
Another way to give these moms a helping hand is to support their small businesses. As part of its Global Women’s Economic 5-year commitment through 2016 to source $20 billion from women-owned businesses, Walmart recently launched a website called, Empowering Women Together.
The site gives shoppers who want to buy unique and interesting products the opportunity to do so while supporting small women-owned businesses around the world.
You can learn more about the program by watching this video:
Clicking around on the site, I was thrilled to find some great products that do social good, like fair trade chocolate and coffees, unique hand-made jewelry, and Rwandan baskets. The site offers more than 200 items from 19 businesses in nine countries.
You can purchase a huge variety of items through Walmart’s website and have it delivered to your home or even to a local store for free pick-up. The reach of Walmart across the continent allows these women-owned businesses an exposure that they could not achieve on their own.
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