Fund This Life-Changing Women's Jewelry Social Enterprise
Employment opportunities and personal development initiatives don't always come easily for women who were formerly incarcerated, immigrants, or survivors of sexual trafficking and domestic violence.
Akola, meaning “she works,” inaugurated a breakthrough model for social enterprises. Its goal is to empower women in crisis to become self-sufficient agents of transformation for their families and communities.
Akola unites women on two continents to create beautiful jewelry through its “full impact” supply chain. Women in both Uganda and Dallas create raw materials, assemble jewelry, distribute finished goods, and sell jewelry, all at a living wage.
Akola believes that a holistic approach is required for true transformation and goes beyond simply creating jobs for women. Akola created Akola Academy, a suite of programs and services that wrap around Akola’s global manufacturing and retail jobs to transform them into an efficient vehicle for lasting poverty alleviation.
Akola Academy recruits women in crisis who face too many barriers to access traditional workforce development programs, and prepares them for the Akola work opportunity. As the women earn income by creating and assembling jewelry, they achieve stability. At the same time, Akola also works with the women to build their hard and soft skills, their financial health and literacy, whole-body wellness, and helps them to see their own ability to create desired change until they graduate out of the program and into self-sufficiency and the competitive workforce.
Over the last 10+ years, Akola has built the infrastructure for economic opportunity, which, when combined with the Akola Academy programming, has transformed the lives of over 600 women and their families.
The results from Akola's innovative 100% Impact model are thrilling.
- 98 percent are meeting basic needs for themselves and dependents
- 98 percent are saving income and emergencies and future investment
- 97 percent participate in personal goal setting
- 84 percent are sole providers for their household
- 97 percent can afford medical care for their dependents
- Akola team members earn five times more than the poverty line