Women are underrepresented as entrepreneurs. In Canada, about 4 in 10 entrepreneurs are women, yet represent over half of the working population (source – Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative).
Women have lack access to capital to grow their businesses. The World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimates that as many as 70% of women-owned small-and-medium enterprises in developing countries are unserved or underserved by financial institutions – resulting in a credit gap of around $285 billion.
Catherine saw this as an opportunity –
provide funding to women entrepreneurs to help start their businesses
Now, how do this?
Catherine wanted to make a difference. As a successful female entrepreneur, she saw the need to create a sustainable business to help build a fund for women entrepreneurs. She also wanted to create a physical reminder of the power of your presence: in your life, relationships, teams, organizations and communities. Being awake results in better people, relationships, organizations, communities and planet.
Partnering with Canadian-artist, Shakti, Catherine curated The Awakened Project Collection. Unique gemstone jewelry for both women and men, 50% of The Awakened Company profits from the sale of the Collection will go towards a fund to help women entrepreneurs launch their businesses.
50% of The Awakened Project profits from the sale of The Awakened Project Collection go to a fund to help women launch their businesses in North America. We have partnered with Momentum to manage our fund. Our fund goes towards the Momentum Micro Business Loans program, specifically designated for women within the loans portfolio. To date, we have raised over $60,000 for our Awakened Project Fund and for Shakti combined. We are making a difference in supporting and growing local businesses.
profits from the collection
Unique gemstone jewelry for both Women & Men, designed by Canadian-artist Shakti.
SOPHIEGRACE X THE AWAKENED PROJECT EQUAL PAY SCARF
SophieGrace and the Awakened Project are putting money and power back in the hands of women entrepreneurs. Through our charity partner, Momentum, women are empowered, gain confidence and learn how to run their own business. $50 from the purchase of every scarf is re-invested in microloans so female entrepreneurs can launch and become their own boss!
THE AWAKENED PROJECT
The Awakened Project helps female entrepreneurs. 50% of The Awakened Project profits from the sale of The Awakened Project Collection go to a fund to help women launch their businesses in North America. We have partnered with Momentum to manage our fund. Our fund goes towards the Momentum Micro Business Loans program, specifically designated for women within the loans portfolio.