While International Women’s Day is now behind us, we think that we should make March international Women’s month! The School Enterprise Challenge is proud of supporting girls and young women throughout our programme, sharing with schools the importance of giving boys and girls equal chances of participating in school businesses. We have seen all sorts of school businesses where girls are the ones leading innovative businesses, becoming a source of inspiration for the entire world. Below, we share with you some examples of school teams led by girls who are shining through their brilliant work, and who we are happy to support in their entrepreneurial journey.
Our first amazing girl-led business are the Winners of the 2019 Gender Equality Champions of the Year Prize, the students from Olympic High School in Kenya. This group of girls set up and ran a school business called “Tailala Growers”. This team grows vegetables in recycled tyres, a wonderful initiative to give a purpose to discarded items. They made the decision to use their profits for a worthy cause, as they have been purchasing sanitary towels for girls to ensure they don’t have to skip school due to period poverty.
It is truly wonderful to see how businesses across the globe are not only led by young women, but that they also have the objective of helping women. And what about amazing teams that make sure that their business has a positive impact on their community and on the environment?
This is exactly what the students at Habib Girls’ School in Pakistan are doing! They have used part of their profits to plant trees in their area and to donate to local charities thanks to the two school businesses they ran last year. One of them, ‘Belleza’, specialises in the production and sales of organic beauty products, while the other, ‘Graines d’Amour’, focuses on growing and selling plants for gifting with specialised messages and special packaging.
Both teams stand out due to their determination and dedication to their school business, which has led them to be incredibly successful. Indeed, both these businesses have already received news coverage for their great ideas, and the students have put extensive care into creating strong brand identities.
When talking about original and unique products, it is impossible not to think of the wonderful businesses run by four girls at the Colegio Bachilleres del Estado de Hidalgo in Mexico. Their successful school business, ‘Colors Ice Cream Flowers’, sells organic ice cream made from natural products such as bougainvillea flowers, rose and lavender, without using any food colouring or conservatives. Thanks to their product, they were the winners of the “ExpoCiencias” science fair in their hometown, and they qualified for the national “ExpoCiencias” science fair.
When it comes to getting recognition for a great business, the students at Eveline Girls High School in Zimbabwe know a thing or two! Their digital magazine, Teen Clique Zone publishes articles on art, photography, poetry, fashion, studying tips, career guidance, and even financial advice! With this, they created a digital platform where they can express themselves freely on diverse topics. Besides the magazine, this year they want to incorporate podcasts and videoblogs into their business, to give an even stronger voice to girls in their community. They have won national and international prizes for their wonderful idea, such as the School Enterprise Challenge’s 2018 Digital Business of the Year prize. And they aspire to so much more!
Girls putting together impressive businesses while debunking gender stereotypes? Look no further than the enterprising team at Conalep Plantel Acámbaro in Mexico. These girls offer robotics classes to children between the ages of 8 and 15, helping them to develop programming skills, mathematical and strategic thinking, physics, and problem solving skills.
Let’s advocate for women’s empowerment through education, and work towards equality in societies everywhere!
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This article was written by Ane Miren, an intern supporting the School Enterprise Challenge team. She’s passionate about helping schools taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge to tell their story through blogging. Do you have a question you’d like to ask her? Send Ane Miren an email to email@example.com and she’ll try her best to support you!