Our Social Mission
Bajalia is committed to alleviating poverty by providing sustainable income streams through job creation worldwide, thereby investing in women who are truly changing the world. Time and again we're seeing how the development and training of women in a skill set, like jewelry making, truly changes lives. According to the U.S. Department of State, more jobs for women are the key to less violence because:
- When the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in a country goes down, violence to women increases.
- Terrorist cells do not exist in villages where women are being employed and educated.
- Women reinvest 90% of their income in their families and communities.
The UN says, "We believe that investing in adolescent girls is critical to ending global poverty. Addressing the needs of women and ensuring their rights is critical to the future of local communities, nations and the entire world."
- Women comprise more than half the world's population.
- Of the world's 1.3 billion poor people, it is estimated that nearly 70 percent are women.
- Between 75 and 80 percent of the world's 27 million refugees are women and children.
- Of the world's nearly one billion illiterate adults, two-thirds are women.
- Two-thirds of the 130 million children worldwide who are not in school are girls.
- Women are more likely to use their profits to hire the poor and hire other women.
Bajalia exists to give voice to women everywhere whose experiences go unnoticed and whose words go unheard. Our hope is to involve others, both consumers and retailers, by telling the stories of women entrepreneurs around the world. Together, we can make a difference. Together we can see true, sustainable change occur as women are empowered and lives are transformed.