A crash course in changing the world.
My parents and I donated $30 in total for this project: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/a-hundred-friends/
"This project empowers local women to tackle poverty, improves education, and fights daily difficulties in their lives to bring a brighter future by accessing to income-generating work."
Obviously I can't follow the flow of our donation and see its effect at first hand which is why I'm writing down my thoughts as a blog post:
Baibai is an ordinary Tibetan girl. In order to survive, Baibai's family relies on herding and farming. This is the reason why education has never been an option to her and her siblings. Her older sisters and brothers quit school after primary school because their family needed them and thus there was no time left for books and tests. All of her older sisters married young and never left the community or took a different path in life. But Baibai is different. She has a natural habit of being very curious. Ever since she discovered that there is an entire world outside of Tibet, her biggest dream has been to become a adventurer. But she knows that as soon as she finishes primary school she has to take the path her parents set for her, which is to help them herding and farming as it is their one and only source of income.
However, Baibai soon discovers that beside her curiosity for new countries, she also loves to create new clothes. Even her parents praised the hat Baibai made using old pieces of cloth and broken tools. One day in school Baibai learns about a new project of helping women to increase their income by applying their craft skills and talents at an outside market. This new project will employ 8-10 local women full time while providing training to improve productivity and a brand and logo to market their businesses. Suddenly Baibai realizes that she doesn't need to take the same path her siblings followed. She might be able to break out of the cycle of poverty!
Today in year 2020, Baibai has her own company and brand in Shanghai selling Tibetan styled clothes thanks to the new project started back in 2012. The project developed throughout the years and became one of the biggest women supporting projects in Tibet, lifting a lot of women and her families out of the poverty. Baibai made proper education possible for her younger siblings and also helped her parents to buy a better house in Tibet (she offered them to live with her in Shanghai, but they refused to leave their home town). She's married to a lovely young man in Shanghai and has 3 kids. Baibai did not only manage to break out of the cycle but also created a better future for her new and old family.