WHO WE SUPPORT
One Woman is a global social enterprise on a mission to help women and girls around the globe live their dreams and reach their full potential through education and entrepreneurship. We believe that all women are born with incredible gifts to share with the world and make each of our communities a better place. Our goal is to provide the tools, educational opportunities, support and encouragement to empower women to become all that they can be. When women around the world are united we will make a difference, one woman at a time.
What is a Social Enterprise? As with any business, a social enterprise provides goods and/or services to customers; however, social enterprises differ from traditional businesses in that profits are reinvested to achieve, sustain, and further its social or environmental purpose while still ensuring financial viability. In our case, One Woman is a social enterprise that is in the business of helping women start and build businesses, have access to education and support not for profit organizations and charities that work to create a better quality of life for women around the world.
Gems for Gems is a registered Non-Profit Organization whose aim is to support and empower women who have survived domestic abuse. Christmas 2015 began this movement with a simple Christmas Jewelry drive to provide battered women with some joy on Christmas. Since then, we have expanded our efforts to include motivational events held within the shelters and our scholarship program to be launched in 2018. Our Christmas Jewelry drive was our first undertaking. Women from all over Alberta donated gently used jewelry which was cleaned and packaged by our team and then re-distributed as Christmas gifts to women in shelters. Our goal is for these women to feel special and valued. The past three Christmas’ have seen tremendous growth! This year, we have expanded our efforts to include the rest of Canada as well as Scotland, Slovakia and England making this initiative international! Our “Zero to Hero” motivational workshops are held monthly in shelters throughout Calgary. We collaborate with community leaders in areas such as self defense, financial management and psychological growth. Our workshops are designed to empower women to be their own hero by providing them with the tools to succeed now, and in the future. Our newest initiative, the Gems for Gems Scholarship Program, has partnered us with CDI College to provide these women with scholarships to truly change their existence. CDI is a reputable college which provides quality education and accessibility across Canada. We are happily seeking all forms of collaboration and are open to creating new alliances to give hope and empower women them with an opportunity to better the lives of themselves and their children.