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And the Award goes to....
Southern Living is celebrating their First Beauty Awards and yours truly has the feature story! This award acknowledges beauty inside and out, celebrating Southern women doing extraordinary things. Michelle and I are so excited to be featured for the work we're doing with Bene. It's only the beginning!
Check us out on Page 67 of the October issue of Southern Living Magazine!
This year our first group of girls graduated from Secondary school!
These young ladies have been with us from the beginning of our business 3 years ago, have worked very hard to get to this point, and we couldn't be more proud!
Firstly we have to send a huge THANK YOU to our family and friends because it was only through their help that we were able to visit Ghana to see it happen.
We took the scenic route to get there -a 17 hours bus/car journey from Accra to Bolgatanga to BOGISS, the Bolgatanga Girls Secondary High School. Upon arrival were greeted warmly by the school and our girls through song and dance and taken on a tour of the school grounds showing us their cafeteria, libraries and dorms where they live.
On the day of the ceremony, we went in early to decorate with "Congrats Grad" balloons and signage we brought along with us .The room was then filled with bright eyed SISTAH Works scholars ready take on the world along with the teachers and administrators who guided them through. As the adults gave their speeches they all had a common message - to be appreciative of all the opportunities granted and to always reach back and help someone else. A few of the girls also took a moment to speak and it was clear that the message got through to them. Every one of them talked about how important it is to them that they give back to their families and communities because it is their responsibility.
Needless to say it was a great ceremony! These girls are going off to pursue their dreams of being the next generation of teachers, midwives, doctors and so much more!
If you have not seen the feminist version and modern day girl power video of “Wannabe” by Spice Girls, then you are seriously missing out. Project Everyone released this powerful video for United Nation’s Global Goals Campaign to fight poverty, climate change, and inequality and injustice.
The video showcases women of different ethnicities, religion, and ages dancing and singing to “Wannabe”; while celebrating the differences between women in the world. The lyrics and the same infectious and fun energy are the same to the original Spice Girls video, but there are messages places throughout the video encouraging gender equality. Victoria Beckham told The Guardian “How fabulous it is that after 20 years the legacy of the Spice Girls’ girl power is being used to encourage and empower a whole new generation?
We believe that any woman should be able to have the same opportunities as any other human being in the world, and what better way to voice than with one of the most iconic Spice Girls song? This is what Bene believes in and why we have decided to go into this business. Women helping women is a beautiful thing and we are happy to do whatever it takes to make sure gender equality is seen in every part of the world.
How can you become a part of this campaign? Global Goals and Project Everyone are asking women to share their hopes and dreams for gender equality by using the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant.
We started this business as two college kids with very little money but a huge desire to make a difference in the world and look good while doing it. If you’ve been with us for the past 3 years you’ve seen us go through some exciting milestones and evolutions along the way and this year will be no different.
We’ve recently celebrated the graduation of our first group of girls in the “Bene Family” (Their words, not ours) and that visit to Ghana left us even more motivated, seeing first hand the importance of this work and the effect it has on these girls’ lives. With your help we are truly making generational impacts in the region by supporting these girls’ education.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our transition into luxury scarves with the new Akwaaba Collection!
While still inspired by the beauty of West African culture, we work with a textile designer in New York City to uniquely design each pattern to incorporate the spirit of the girls & their culture as well as the trends of today. We hand select 100% silk for printing, then have the scarves manufactured in our hometown, Atlanta Georgia. Along each scarf, is a quote from one of the girls we support, with a message she wants to share with the world. These words are full of wisdom and serves as a constant reminder of why we do what we do.
We are excited to bring you our highest level of quality and our hope is that every time you put on your Bené scarf you feel a part of this larger community of women that stand for other women. It is our hope that you’re proud of your investment in another woman’s education and you’re affirmed that you truly are making a difference.
Wishing you a Bené Day,
Michelle & Sasha