About Us

One Woman is a global social enterprise on a mission to help women and girls around the globe live their dreams and reach their full potential through education and entrepreneurship. We believe that all women are born with incredible gifts to share with the world and make each of our communities a better place. Our goal is to provide the tools, educational opportunities, support and encouragement to empower women to become all that they can be.  When women around the world are united we will make a difference, one woman at a time.

What is a Social Enterprise?  As with any business, a social enterprise provides goods and/or services to customers; however, social enterprises differ from traditional businesses in that profits are reinvested to achieve, sustain, and further its social or environmental purpose while still ensuring financial viability.  In our case, One Woman is a social enterprise that is in the business of helping women start and build businesses, have access to education and support not for profit organizations and charities that work to create a better quality of life for women around the world.

Our Story

 

One Woman was created from a vision in March of 2015. Sharla Brown entered the Amazon Rain forest in Ecuador with Me to We to work on building a Choza, a Women’s Empowerment Centre where women could work together and create handmade items like jewellery, pottery and other items that could then be sold to provide an income and create a better life for themselves, their families and their community. After days of working with the Quechua women learning their trades and working on the Choza, she realised that all women in this world have the same goals; to have a better life, to give their children a better future, and to make a difference in their communities. Being an entrepreneur herself, she quickly realised that there was an opportunity to better help not only these women, but women from around the globe who have the same goals and dreams.

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That November she then travelled to Kenya, once again with Me to We to spend time with the women in the Masai Mara. One thousand Rafiki bracelets (Rafiki is the Swahili word for friend), were ordered from these ladies which would become the item included as a gift with each One Woman membership purchased and the symbol to unite us all as sisters and friends around the world. While visiting the villages she had the pleasure of visiting the Kisaruni Girls High School. It was a powerful experience seeing the confidence, brilliance and excitement of girls that had access to education and to listen to their career goals. Some even wanted to become doctors, lawyers, and scientists in order to make an impact on our world. After this trip the need to provide access to education for girls was clear and it was added to One Woman’s Mission.

We look forward to further continuing our story as we listen to the needs of women around the world and create a united community of women who lift each other up and make dreams come true.