What is Empowerment? 

According to the World Bank, empowerment is the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.

 Our hope is that the work of Collective Humanity will help pave the way for a more sustainable and independent future for communities living in vulnerable situations around the world.  We facilitate empowerment for the communities we support by providing dignified employment opportunities, access to quality education, vocational training, and community support programs. We want  at-risk communities, throughout the developing world, to be empowered with a strong foundation of economic opportunities, education, and community support, from which they can choose their future and transform their lives. We are not here to change their lives, we are here to help them change their own. 

 

We Facilitate Empowerment.

 
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Education 

We believe access to education is a fundamental human right. We aim to help the women we partner with receive access to a full, comprehensive education. We facilitate a scholarship fund for our partners to attend mathematics and literacy classes, as well as, life skills and vocational training, in an effort to help break the cycle of poverty and enable self reliance. 

The Impact: 

  • Primary & Secondary Education scholarships & tutoring
  • Hands on vocational training
  • Nutrition Classes
  • Self-Esteem Courses
  • Women's Health Education
  • ESL Certification

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Economic Empowerment 

At Collective Humanity, we believe the most sustainable way to truly empower entire communities to rise above poverty is by providing women with jobs that enable independence and self-reliance. We believe that providing women with safe dignified work, where they have room to learn and grow, is the best way to ensure sustainable economic growth. 

The impact: 

  • We partner with 5 different artisan cooperatives throughout Cambodia
  • That employ over 40 women, supporting 50+ children & dependents
  • We commit to providing dignified consistent income for all of the products they produce

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Market Access

Our Market Access Program enables our artisans to expand their earning potential outside of their local communities. We want to empower our artisans to be successful female entrepreneurs and enable them to sell their products to a global marketplace. We work with our artisan partners to co-design high quality, on-trend products to help maximize their earning potential.

The impact: 

  • We provide 50% upfront for all of our artisan made goods to ensure the artisans always have stable income. 
  • Through our online platform and in-market opportunities, we are able to sell our artisan made goods to a larger supply chain and maximize earning potential for the women.

Community Support

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We believe in the power of community. We help facilitate communities for our women and their families to come together, celebrate their journey's, and share in their struggles. Our community support programs include everything from bringing in alternative healers to lead Reiki Courses for women in need of deep healing, to a community emergency fund. We believe the more supportive the environment, the more likely these women are to thrive.

  • Community Emergency Micro Fund
  • Health Care Benefits
  • Flexible Work Hours
  • Healing & Empowerment Classes
  • A Safe & Open Environment

Allocation of funding

We believe in frugality and in maximizing the potential impact of your contributions, and our efforts. We maintain a strict budget with very little overhead and currently allocate 15% to administrative expenses. That means the majority of your money is going directly to our programs for the girls, where it is needed the most. As always, feel free to reach out for more in-depth information or just email us to say hi! Our Executive Director would love to speak with you personally, so feel free to email her at kate@collectivehu.org.