After three decades of working with several development programs around the world, community health specialist Judi Aubel found there was a missing link preventing long-lasting cultural change: the lack of focus on grandmothers.
For most families in Togo, Africa, the cost of school uniforms is too high to pay.
At an estimate of $15 dollars, the garments are not seen as a necessity in this small country, where nearly 70 % of its rural population lives on less than $1.90 per day.
Inspired by a story featured in the bestseller book Half the Sky (2010) on how the provision of school uniforms helped school retention rates, Payton McGriff started brewing a simple business idea: teach girls how to sew their own uniforms so they could always go to school.
One in three children and youth are out of school or in school but not achieving basic literacy and numeracy. They could be benefitting from a rich variety of open educational resources that exist online, but there’s another problem, over 60 % of the world’s population currently does not have access to internet.
Kurandza’s founders Elisabetta and Percina are committed to giving childhood in this African country a chance to pursue their dreams. With an upcoming social media campaign to be launched on September 1st, they are inviting people around the world to do the same.