150 Women Who Shake The World
03/06/11 – New York, NY
They are heads of state and heads of household. Angry protesters in the city square and sly iconoclasts in remote villages. With a fiery new energy, women are building schools. Starting businesses. Fighting corruption. Harnessing new technologies and breaking down old prejudices. Whenever a woman or girl gains control of her destiny, the local standard of living goes up and the values of human rights spread. So this year, and every year, NEWSWEEK will honor local heroes, and the growing network of powerful women who support their efforts.
About Bajalia International GroupHeadquartered in Winter Park, Florida Bajalia was founded in 2003 by Debbie Farah. Bajalia’s mission is to alleviate poverty and empower low-income people around the world through trade, training and other forms of community development and marketing their products to bring about sustainable, empowering, change in their lives. Bajalia is a leader within the emerging social enterprise movement. Bajalia, through collaboration with its non-profit sister organization works intimately with its production network to help them manage their growing enterprises, hire and empower more women and focus on education, economic development and long-term sustainability.
Through its first retail location in Winter Park, Florida its web presence and its strategic distribution networks in the U.S. and Europe, Bajalia allows artisans to operate on a scale of production that they could not attain by themselves, marketing together globally. In doing so, the producers are empowered to replicate themselves and to bring transformation their communities Bajalia’s collaborative partners globally include US AID, BPeace (Business Council for Peace), Aid to Artisans,,SEWA, India, Export Promotion Council for Handcrafts (EPCH), India, Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College. For more information visit www.bajalia.com.