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Rede Asta | Women’s Entrepreneurship

in Brazil

The M Foundation is proudly supporting Rede Asta, an NGO and Social Business promoting Women’s self-confidence and socio-economic independence through entrepreneurship in [...]

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Rede Asta | Women’s Entrepreneurship

in Brazil

The M Foundation is proudly supporting Rede Asta, an NGO and Social Business promoting Women’s self-confidence and socio-economic independence through entrepreneurship in Brazil. 

Created in 2005, Rede Asta delivers design hand-made products created by production groups in low-income areas to consumers across Brazil.

 

LOCATION: Brazil

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: Rede Asta

THE PROJECT:

One of the Sustainable Development Goals is to achieve gender equality and Empower All Women and Girls. Needless to say, most parts of the world are still far from reaching the targeted objectives.

Brazil is one of the most rapidly growing emerging economies. However, the amelioration of the population’s well-being at the national level remains challenged by increasing inequalities. For socio-economically marginalized groups, including women, children, and minorities, it remains particularly difficult to access the resources and knowledge necessary to benefit from the country’s economic expansion and better opportunities.

The increased inequality within Brazilian’s society is one of the cause of rising levels of organized crime and violence, of which women and children pay the highest price.

Taking into account this socio-economic context, the NGO Rede Asta works to empower women artisans and their small businesses. They focus their work on marginalized women, such as single mothers, living in vulnerable communities and likely to be exposed to psychological and physical violence. Rede Asta trains them, ensures the creation of production networks and the setting up of sales channels. The products – unique handmade pieces reusing a variety of materials – are created with guidance from Rede Asta expert designers. The model valorizes the producers, respects the environment and builds fair economic relationships across the whole supply chain.

IMPACT AND BENEFICIARIES:

The positive impact in the life of the beneficiaries is undeniable. As their self-confidence and standards of living are improved, women taking part into this project have been enabled to take a new stand in their families and communities. Once able to provide for their children and for themselves, they are more inclined to leave a violent environment or be respected by their peers, thus ensuring themselves and their children better living conditions and a safer environment to study and grow up as blossomed individuals.

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Photo Credits

Romain Staros Staropoli

“Born in Paris in the late 70’s, self-made storyteller and professed travel addict, fascinated by people, life stories and coincidences, all of which serve as fodder for my ideas.

In 2011, I’ve been travelling over more than 30 countries to photograph the Wise Book, published by Bloomsbury London and Qatar Foundation. An immersion into education and innovation throughout the world with an approach focused on intimate portraits and powerfull interactions.

An immersion into education and innovation throughout the world with an approach focused on intimate portraits and powerfull interactions.
Since then, I keep on working with all those NGO’s on many beautiful and useful photographic projects.
I’m very happy to be part of this M Foundation initiative, a wonderful challenge.
This is the purpose of all the images that I make, to carry a universal message of love, curiosity and empathy.”

The photographer Romain Staros Staropoli has kindly donated the pictures published in the website to the M Foundation, in support to our mission and work.