THE EMPOWER. APPAREL:
As part of MLE business model, 50% of the profit on each EMPOWER. garment sold will go directly to a Microfinance project of women entrepreneurs in Africa. These micro loans are finalized to generate sustainable additional income and improve a family’s quality of life. No donation, but PURE EMPOWERMENT!
We are very excited to be collaborating with SPARKLES.LU, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help women by financing the creation or the expansion of their business activities with a 0% interest micro loan.
Mamusu is a 25 year-old mother of one. She lives in Masuba Town, in Sierra Leone. She sells assorted drinks, biscuits and pure water. Seemingly distinct businesses are often mixed in Sierra Leone, the idea being that a customer will come to purchase one thing but will leave having purchased another. Mamusu's desire is to empower her life. Mamusu works every day from Monday to Saturday. This is her only source of income, and she is proud of her young business. She likes the fact that she continues to have new customers and has kept the old ones. Mamusu wants to use this loan to buy a bigger stock of items to sell to her customers. Mamusu would like to open a big shop in the future.
Catherine is 66 years old, and lives in Machokos, Kenya. She is married with 9 children. She has been selling clothes and shoes for 5 years now. Her first micro-loan will enable her to buy more clothes and shoes for her business. Catherine will use her profits to educate her children. Her hopes and dreams are to have her own shop.
FATUMA FROM KENYA
$200 financed by MLE Empowering Apparel in APRIL 2016 through our partnership with sparkles.lu
Fatuma lives in Likoni, Kenya. She is married with five children. Four of them attend school. She owns a house that has neither electricity nor piped water. Her greatest monthly expense is school fees and water. She operated a cashew business, selling at the market to her neighbors and passerby. She has been doing this for the past 10 years. She faces major challenges of seasonality in her business. With this 200 USD loan, she wants to purchase seven sacks of cashew nuts. This will help her to boost her business.