I received products from Coca-Cola’s 5by20 program; However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own
As a single mother, I am a strong believer that we must empower the women of our generation and our future generations. What I do today, will without a doubt impact my daughter tomorrow. My daughter deserves a good future, and I am determined to give her one. That is why I am extremely excited to be partnering with Coca-Cola on their 5by20 program and celebrating International Women’s Day . In 2010 the 5by20 program was set in place to help the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs! By offering help like business skills courses and financial services, Coca-Cola is helping women along their journey to build their successful businesses. With the help of companies like TechnoServe, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International Finance Corporation, and Inter-American Development Bank, Coca-Cola is determined to make a difference in the equality and empowerment of women entrepreneurs.
As of 2015, Coca-Cola has helped more than 1.2 million female entrepreneurs. This means they are well on track for reaching their goal of 5 million by 2020 (5by20)! This program is currently ongoing in 60 countries around the world including Vietnam, France, Greece, Bhutan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Somalia, and Canada. A recent study has shown that 5by20 female entrepreneurs have seen a 44% increase in sales as well as a 23% increase in personal income since entering the program.This study also shows that these women are more likely to reinvest over 90% of their income back into their communities. This means that when these entrepreneurial women grow, so do their communities.
So,how can you help?
In June of 2015, Coca-Cola launched their 5by20 Artisan Entrepreneur Retail Program. This retail program allows us to purchased items made from repurposed beverage packaging such as jewelry and handbags. Proceeds from all sales go to the 5by20 female artisans and their communities.You can help the 5by20 Artisan Entrepreneur Retail Program by purchasing some of their amazing hand crafted goods. I received an Acacia Creations Can Giraffe, a PCF Narrow Ring-Pull Bracelet, a Mitz Label Flower, a Cop Madam Bottle Cap Purse and a Coletivo Piraupet Handbag. The Acacia Creations Can Giraffe is handmade in Kenya. It is crafted from recycled aluminum cans and recycled telephone wire and stands about 35 cm tall. The PCF Narrow Ring-Pull Bracelet is made by the Purple Community Fund Manila. It is made from locally sourced recycled aluminium ring-pulls and elastic thread. The Mitz Label Flower is handmade by Mitz in Palo Solo, Mexico. It is crafted from beverage labels. The Cop Madam Bottle Cap Purse is handmade in Turkey. It is handcrafted from recycled bottle caps and measures about 14 cm x 9 cm. The Coletivo Piraupet Handbag is handmade in the Amazon regions of Brazil. It is crafted from recycled Pirarucu fish scales. By purchasing these, or any of the other 5by20 gifts you can help support these wonderful Artisan women, their families, and their communities.
*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*