International Director’s Update Dec 2012
2012 has been a very good year for Free The Girls. Our shipping container of 32,000 bras arrived in Mozambique in July, which has enabled us to replenish inventory for the three women in our pilot program, and expand the program to include other survivors who desperately needed employment. We are happy to report that we now have 10 women who have started their own businesses selling bras! These women sell between 100 and 500 bras per month each and they are ecstatic to have real income from a real job. It has been fun for our team in Maputo to watch each woman work through sales strategies, target markets, and the ups and downs of starting a new business. The girls are learning a lot and so are we.
One of the amazing women in our program makes enough income to support herself, her boyfriend, her sister, and her sister’s three children. She even has enough extra money left over to slowly replace the walls of her reed house with cement blocks.
Thanks to the generosity of our friends who donate bras and money, and because of the success of our program in Mozambique, we are in conversation with three new safe houses in two other countries. Free The Girls is growing in 2013!