Through our sustainable service delivery model, WCI has impacted the lives of more than 500,000 individuals over the past 21 years.
Bria, a GALS participant from 2010-2012, recently reached out to WCI to tell us what impact GALS had on her. Here's what she had to say:
"WCI came to my school and a few of us, who the school thought would benefit, were chosen for the program. We saw it as a leadership building opportunity, and we took it. I gained a lot of friends and confidence through the program. Networking was a main component. I met people from different organizations, businesses, and even different countries. GALS taught me that I have a voice and that I should use it for those who can't speak up for themselves. I am a firm believer in giving back to those who helped you. I believe that if you can't give back monetarily, then you give back with your time and your gifts. I want to help other girls like me, who thought they didn't have a voice, to show them that they have a voice, and they can't be silenced. I also wanted to show girls that no matter what society tells them, they are greater. "
A recent graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Bria was the VP of the Activities Program Board, a Senator on the Student Government Association, and has her Bachelor’s in Business for Marketing. What’s next? Bria is going back to get her MBA and has joined WCI as a GALS Youth Ambassador!
“GALS taught me that I have a voice.”
Leonia participated in WCI’s economic empowerment training in Timor-Leste, and gained the tools to start her own business:
“I now have my own kiosk and earn a living through the small business that I have. I successfully pay the loans every month and also manage to support my business effectively. I have my own budget plan for my business, I know how much money that I will spend within a month and know how to manage to cover my household expenses.”
In 1991 Kebeh Sumbo and a friend pooled $260 and started a small oil and nut business in Liberia. Throughout the Liberian war their business struggled. Since attending WCI's entrepreneurial trainings, Kebeh not only improved her business management skills, but she has expanded and driven her business to become one of the largest oil exporters in Liberia. Her ambition and determination to succeed even caught the attention of the President of Liberia. When President Sirleaf heard Kebeh's story of triumph and resilience, she presented Kebeh with 50 acres of land and the title "Outstanding Businesswoman". Kebeh could now be considered one of the most successful businesswomen in the country, and she tells us she can afford to pay for her children's schooling. In her words,"the sky is the limit".