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The Clothing Bank - Women Enterprise Development - South Africa

The Clothing Bank - Women Enterprise Development - South Africa | Ogunte | Women Social Innovators | Scoop.it

The Clothing Bank mission is to "Empower Unemployed Mothers Through Enterprise Development so that they can become Financially and Socially Independent".  Founded in 2010 by Tracey Chambers (CEO) and Tracey Gilmore (COO), in response to the growing problem of unemployment amongst single mothers and the lack of support that they receive from the father of their children.We believe that if you help a mother you help a child. 


South Africa faces some major obstacles to address the injustices of the past and ensure that everyone participates in the economy.  At the centre of these challenges is the failing education system.  58% of children do not complete school meaning that formal employment is not an option for them as many corporates use Grade 12 as an entry level requirement for even the most basic job.  Unemployment rates are reported at between 25-30% and when you analyse this further you will find that unemployment amongst youth is reported at 56% with 2.8m youth being unemployed and unemployment amongst women is reported at 48%.  Of all mothers in South Africa, 40% are single and for single mothers unemployment rates are over 60%. Less than 50% of father’s contribute anything towards their child’s welfare, which leaves the single mother with no choice but to rely on the state for welfare.  Child grants are R280 per month per child and with an average of 2 children per household, families are surviving on welfare of R560pm.  1L of milk and 1 loaf of bread would cost R20 per day or R600 per month, so this means that if you are a child raised by a single mother, you are highly likely to live in poverty with little prospects for your future.


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Catherine Lajara | Novel Research of New York

Catherine Lajara | Novel Research of New York | Ogunte | Women Social Innovators | Scoop.it
Passionate about health equity, women’s leadership, entrepreneurship and community development, Catherine Lajara is Founder & CEO of Novel Research of New York, an independent clinical research center in the Bronx, New York City. Their aim is to bring diversity and eliminate disparities in clinical research. "What keeps me “awake” is my community. There is a significant geographic disparity within racial and ethnic minority groups that lack access to health information and resources. In effort to eliminate this, my company is involved in community outreach and participates in health initiatives to provide free health screenings, educational material on health equity, prevention, early detection and treatment as well as providing the community with access to clinical trials." (read more) Connect with Catherine on @catlajara @nrofny http://www.nrofny.com
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Sandra Sassow, CEO & Co-Founder of SEaB Energy Ltd. Anaerobic Digestion!

Sandra Sassow, CEO & Co-Founder of SEaB Energy Ltd. Anaerobic Digestion! | Ogunte | Women Social Innovators | Scoop.it

Sandra Sassow is the CEO and co-founder of SEaB Energy Ltd, a multi-award-winning manufacturer of small scale micro power plants which use a patented microbial-based technology to convert food waste into energy. The product is shipping to the global market, for the purpose of converting food waste, animal/plant waste and septic waste into energy, anywhere.  Connect wth Sandra on http://www.seabenergy.com/ ; and on twitter @seabenergy @sandrasassow

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Sophie de Oliveira Barata : prosthetics artist creating gadget limbs for amputees

Sophie de Oliveira Barata :  prosthetics artist creating gadget limbs for amputees | Ogunte | Women Social Innovators | Scoop.it

Fake limbs don't have to be a replacement: they can also be an upgrade. To this end,  prosthetics artist Sophie de Oliveira Barata founded The Alternative Limb Project in 2011, in which she turns them into artworks. Now, she's taking the idea further with a her "gadget limbs.

More info on http://www.thealternativelimbproject.com/ or Connect to Sophie here: https://www.facebook.com/thealternativelimbproject

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