| Nov 14, 2012
HERA update November 2012
Each woman is given a HERA yellow scarf
Since we ran our tremendously successful Entrepreneurship programme in July, the women have been working with their new mentors and have begun settling into their relationships. Three women have started work on their ideas for business ventures – including a cleaning company, a cake selling business and a temporary tattooing service (original idea for a party. Any takers). Others have embarked on the education programmes they thought they had missed out on – this year we have three women working towards their life’s ambition to become nurses, and several others starting childcare and social care qualifications. Two women already have job offers.
Last year’s women also continue to go from strength to strength – several are still lucky enough to be working with their mentors. One woman passed her Access to Psychology course with two merits and a distinction, and has now started University. Another has just started her Access to Medicine course, an incredibly competitive route, only open to the most academic amongst us! This is a woman who told me she had ‘messed up her life’, and had no hope of ever doing anything meaningful.
With your support, we have been able to support a small number of women’s projects with small grants – to invest in business equipment, driving lessons, course fees – all really practical things which will 100% help to change that woman’s life. So thanks enormously for your donations – it really makes a difference.
Since September we have been offering monthly student events, where we invite a guest entrepreneur to talk to the women about their own business experiences. So far we have had three events, helping the women to focus on their own routes forward, and giving them the chance to hear from entrepreneurs in a very informal environment, and ask questions relevant to their own needs. The women have really enjoyed the opportunity to come back to the business school. The events reignite the motivation from the entrepreneurship training, keeping them inspired to reach their goals. Very importantly also, the chance to meet regularly reinforces the new support network which HERA offers these women – something the rest of us can easily take for granted.
HERA are always looking for guest speakers who can offer a range of experience to talk to the women. If you were interested in volunteering your time, we would love to hear from you.
Thank you again for your support. This is what one student said about us:
“Hera is an amazing organization that helps women who have had bad experiences to believe in themselves—that they can do anything they want with their lives. “
Teamwork in action!