I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.Read All Entries
Let me give you a couple of direct quotes first. Nola, who is 32 years old and has five children, says, “Being an orphan, no one was there for me. Now I am able to feed my family and help in all directions. No more time for self-pity, time for working.” She admits that without this opportunity to work, she would be reduced to begging as she had done before The Leakey Collection came to her area.
Ngumbwa, age 34 and the mother of six children, describes her new prosperity, “I pay school fees, feed my family members and buy goats, and have extra for my savings.”
These new entrepreneurs speak for hundreds of woman in remote areas of the Rift Valley, East Africa who have transformed their lives and their communities through work opportunity offered by The Leakey Collection.
The devastating drought gripping Southern Somalia is reminiscent of the devastation wreaked in 2000/2001 and again in 2009/2010 in East Africa, the latter from which families and wildlife have yet to fully recover. It was due to drought that we started our business in order to create work opportunities for desperate women and their families. This work proved to be the only line staving off certain financial ruin.
In community after community, Philip and I have seen the ripple effect of prosperity and advancement as women create a local economy; family strife disappears, more children enter government-operated schools, more children go on to higher education, more small businesses are created, general health improves, communities as a whole flourish.
The Leakey Collection is more than a business; it is a community of people on both sides of the world connected by passion who work together to create beautiful products and whose visionary consumers complete the circle, building a sustainable future.