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Empowering Rwandan women to become business entrepreneurs

Australian woman Kelley Chisholm was so awestruck by the success of a self-help program she came across in Rwanda that she has dedicated herself to raising the funds to support it, and others like it in other parts of East Africa, India and Cambodia. The program teaches desperately poor women to help themselves by providing the life skills and business training they need to create their own employment. In doing so, it has transformed the lives of thousands.

Gemma Sisia – Giving the gift of education in Africa

When a young Aussie girl visited Africa two decades ago with dreams of helping the less fortunate, even she would never have guessed at the way her life would unfold. Yet Gemma Sisia went on to found The School of St Jude, which has put two thousand kids through school and boarding, funded students’ university education, and sparked promising futures for young adults who were born into poverty-stricken rural homes or garbage-ridden urban slums.

Young women box their way to confidence

As women fed up with society’s expectations for women to play small, Lisa Longman and Stacey Ward founded The Young Boxing Women Project to help 12 to 25 year old women unleash their inner confidence. Through boxing and group discussion, the young women boxers are shedding their fears, stepping up and unlocking a world of new possibilities

Sue Tredget – A tale of depression, self-discovery, and determination to help others

Today’s Inspired story is a reminder you don’t necessarily have to launch a charity to be inspiring. Sometimes inspiration comes in the form of finding the personal strength to overcome your own inner battles and then gathering the courage to help others by sharing your experience with the world. Perth woman Sue Tredget has done just that, using her experience with depression to speak up to help the millions of others battling with the grip of this ever-increasing condition.

Emma Outteridge – Besotted by Ugandan orphans

While living a glittery life amid the world’s sailing elite, New Zealander Emma Outteridge took time out to volunteer at a school for orphans in Uganda and found herself smitten by the children. She has gone on to find her life purpose by connecting the children she’d come to love, with sponsors from the sailing world who can fund the children’s high school education and give them a real chance at breaking the poverty cycle.