One focus area for global change is job training for women. Entrepreneurial training, mentoring and life-skill education are critical tools for women from disadvantaged backgrounds. In Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda, partner Street Business School by Bead for Life has established programs that help create micro-businesses in order to lift women and their families out of poverty with the goal of expanding with the support of the Swarovski Foundation, into Sierra Leone and Southern Africa. In countries affected by war such as Nigeria, many women are creating individual and group businesses through Women for Women International. The charity brings women together in a safe space to learn life, business, and vocational skills, increasing their ability to earn an income and pursue their ambitions. The need for similar programs is equally needed in every part of the world, including the rural communities and indigenous of Brazil. The need for similar programs is equally needed in every part of the world, including the rural communities and indigenous of Brazil. There, Swarovski Foundation partners with Barefoot College, which trains illiterate and semi-illiterate women as solar engineers, innovators and educators in nearly 100 countries, to help them realize their full potential through self-sufficiency and sustainability.
To support women earlier in their lives, other partners are empowering and enabling girls to fulfill their ambitions by finishing secondary education. In India, Room to Read has been successful at this aim by equipping young women with the life skills required to succeed beyond school offering mentoring, family and community engagement, as well as material support.
Each of these heartening services honor the philanthropic spirit of company founder Daniel Swarovski. As five generations of his family have led Swarovski forward, empowerment – in all its forms – has been consistent. This commitment from responsible groups of citizens is how change happens on a worthy scale.