S1 E 28 Women Empowered Market Has A Global Impact

The Women Empowered Market started just a year ago to have a global impact for women.  A diverse group of women entrepreneurs and leaders of nonprofits, designed to help women around the world, got together to plan and bring to the community a market of products produced or sold by women.

Each of members of the organizing group are either entrepreneurs themselves or have programs to help enable women to become more self sufficient by helping them start a business.

The group organized the first Women Empowered Market with over 40 vendors offering fair-trade, fairly traded and direct trade goods created by local and global small businesses run by women. 

Since then the Women Empowered Market has hosted three markets and are about to host the four market during International Women's Month. 

Two of the primary organizers, Katy Penner of Alegria Fair Trade and Ginger Lobdell of SheHopes.org joined in the interview to discuss how the market was formed and the success it is having in its second year. 

The next market is March 21st at First Presbyterian Church in Wichita. 

The market features both local women entrepreneurs and products from women owned businesses from diverse areas like India, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda as well as Southeast Asia and Central America. 

Some of the nonprofit program, like SheHopes works directly with women in villages to teach them selfdefense skills and sewing skills so they can make products that are then sold locally as well as brought to the United States for events like the Women Empowered Market. 

Women are now over half of the world's population and studies have shown that when women become entrepreneurs, the entire community improves, kids do better in school and men benefit as well. 

Listen to podcast, come to market and support women entrepreneurs. 

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