THE EMPOWERMENT PROJECT UPDATE!! “Hey Marisa, here is the video of Francine’s Vegetable Shop!” Me as I am watching the video: THIS is why The Marketplace exists to empower people and change lives. Our goal has never been to give a hand out. Unless it’s a relief situation, hand outs are detrimental to the person receiving it. Our goal is to build dignity and walk alongside as the she is being empowered. It is never to take ownership and “fix” them. We believe this is what brings lasting change for her and her community. I want you to pay attention to Francine. That smile on her face is epic! She is proud that she has this business and that she can take care of her family! You go Francine!! Thank you to all who have donated and continue to donate. Our goal with this project is to take you along on this journey so you can see how lives are being transformed when we all work together.
How can you get involved? You can donate online or write a check. We are a nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS so your contribution is tax deductible. Every time you purchase, there is an ability to add $1 to your order. All of your donations go to The Empowerment Project, we take NOTHING for administrative costs. Actually, we give the full amount of online donations and absorb the transaction costs. Who does that?!! We do because we are so passionate about this project! Another way to help is to share this post and let people know how they can empower women leaving sex work in Rwanda. Finally, please pray that more women will get an opportunity to have their own businesses and that Francine’s Veggie Shop will grow exponentially that she may one day hire employees! I know with God all things are possible!