This year the Legal Business Awards will support the charity Hand in Hand International with a silent auction.
Hand in Hand helps women beat the odds and succeed as entrepreneurs. The money they earn and the confidence they gain changes everything. Whole families and communities rise with them.
You can support Hand in Hand’s work by donating via Hand in Hand’s website or by bidding in the fabulous charity auction at the awards dinner.
Since 2003, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Hand in Hand have helped more than three million women launch microbusinesses that can stand the test of time. Some are smallholder farmers learning to stand up to climate change. Some are refugees trying to start a new life after fleeing conflict. Others are vulnerable young women and girls starting to dream – and plan – for the future.
In Kenya for example, Hand in Hand supports women like Nancy Maina – a passion fruit farmer and mother-of-four from Mogindo.
Nancy lives in Kenya’s Bomet region, where 46% of the population live below the poverty line. Before joining Hand in Hand Nancy and her family struggled to get by as subsistence farmers — and Nancy was often forced to borrow money from friends and family. After taking part in Hand in Hand’s business skills and agriculture training, Nancy spotted a business opportunity: passion fruit farming.
With a ready market for passion fruit Nancy’s new business quickly became a success, transforming life for her family. Nancy now earns KSH 17,200 (USD 145) a month. “I can comfortably pay school fees for my children and meet my family’s needs and wants,” she explains.
To find out more about Hand in Hand, please visit www.handinhandinternational.org