As you’ve read in previous posts, UPLift has had the delight of working together with the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard on Project Inspire, a program designed to empower women and girls around the world through entrepreneurship. As the winner of the 2011 Best Financial Literacy Project Award, UPlift has spent much of the past year researching, planning and implementing a great project that helps empower the female residents of a landfill community near Mae Sot, Thailand.
Thanks to the USD $10,000 grant, we have been able to train a group of young community-based organization staff from Burma on financial literacy, provide and equip them with the tools and skills needed to be trainers themselves, and then set off to conduct a series of basic financial literacy trainings for over 60 women. The results have been fantastic: women from the landfill community near Mae Sot now know how to set realistic and achievable savings goals, budget their household expenses, and their dreams of a better future ahead can now be realized.
In addition, the grant has allowed UPLift to hire a new staff member, Ko Lynn, to join us in delivering innovative and exciting programs for the migrant women in and around Mae Sot. He has blown new wind into our sails by pressing for further women’s empowerment projects with new migrant communities in Mae Sot. Using both the positive experiences and lessons learned from dealing with challenges at the landfill, we have now wound down the official Project Inspire program and are now planning and fundraising for another year of spreading capacity, sharing experiences and proving that giving more power to women (both fiscally and in society) is one of the greatest ways to end extreme poverty.
Camilla (left), from the Singapore Committee for UN Women, visiting the UPLift team at Wide Horizons Project Management School in February
We wish to give a warm THANK YOU to the Singapore Committee for UN Women for the grant they have provided us and the time spent working together. It has been a fantastic collaboration, and we are looking forward to continue making a difference for women in the future.