This summer, I’m a PR/Marketing Intern with The Borgen Project. It’s a grassroots campaign fighting global poverty at the highest level possible – U.S. Foreign Affairs. Believe me, I know how intimidating and sketchy politics can seem. But what if I told you that you can empower women and girls around the world by purchasing some craft coffee or drinks? It really is that simple. Let me explain.
As an intern, I focus on media outreach and fundraising for the project. Being a grassroots campaign, The Borgen Project thrives when people are working on the ground in their communities, which is why we have interns in multiple cities in the United States. We advocate for the world’s poor, educate and mobilize citizens to get involved and lobby our congressional leaders to support bills that will provide sustainable solutions to global poverty.
There are two key bills that I hold close to my heart:
- Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act
- Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act
These bills place an emphasis on the importance of focusing on the inclusion of women and girls in educational opportunities and empowering women entrepreneurs. For every year of education, women’s income raises by 10-20 percent. With more education, women are more likely to get paid employment and earn more for their families. With a higher income, women are given a voice over household finances. That results in an improvement in family economic status and an increase in childhood survival rates, food security and educational attainment.
In other words, by empowering women, we are directly impacting global poverty efforts and bringing the world closer to ending poverty. And the best part? All you have to do to help is buy some coffee and maybe a drink or two.
Ultimately, the power behind grassroots campaigns is getting the local community involved as much as possible. I’ve partnered with Eurasia Coffee & Tea and The Coffee Ethic to fundraise for the project. Online at Eurasia Coffee & Tea, you can purchase a bag of The Borgen Project Coffee for $12.95. For every bag sold, $5 is donated to The Borgen Project and the rest supports coffee farming and various sustainable development efforts. On Thursday, August 2nd, The Coffee Ethic is donating 20% of that day to my fundraiser and Thursday is Happy Hour! After 5pm, you can enjoy $5 glasses of wine and $1 off draft beers.
The money raised goes directly to lobbying our congressional members to support and pass bills like the ones mentioned earlier. Buy a bag of coffee and enjoy a drink or two and you’ll be impacting women around the world!