Impoverished women in Africa lack opportunity. When they are offered jobs in Europe & the Middle East, as a maid or a nanny, they leap at the chance. The people offering the jobs make the travel arrangements and pay the costs which are to be repaid with future earnings. But on arrival, these African women, who enter illegally, are forced to work as prostitutes.
According to The International Labour Organization as of 2016, 25 million people toiled in forced labor including forced sexual exploitation with another 15 million people in forced marriage. By region, Africa ranked highest of all, with 37% of all cases of exploitation internationally. Of these victims, women and girls accounted for more than 99% of all victims of forced sexual exploitation.
See ILO.org & UN.org for more information.
We allow women and girls space to become whatever special, unique, quirky cupcake they are meant to be. Founded by a US attorney and aid-worker insanely blessed with both opportunity and encouragement, Becoming a Cupcake seeks to give this same space to women whose culture, family, and life-circumstances haven't afforded the same. Currently, we're partnering with Willow International to create Glorie's Wedding Boutique in Kampala, Uganda, which employs women rescued from trafficking and forced marriage and we have plans to open a wedding venue and business mall to empower and employ more Willow graduates.
Laurie Ellen Park
We're currently sponsoring one Willow International participant with monthly salary, business start-up goods and costs, and business mentoring; we would like to provide this same sponsorship and mentoring to other Willow participants and graduates, as well as, employ more Willow participants.
We would like to purchase a business mall in Kampala, Uganda where we can house the businesses for more of the Willow participants we are sponsoring and mentoring.
Start-Up Cost ~ $300k USD
We would like to purchase undeveloped land where we can create traditional Ugandan inspired wedding venue where more of the Willow participants can work.
Start-Up Cost ~$500k USD
We would like to start a safari company that both Ugandans & visitors can utilize, where more of the Willow participants can work.
Start-Up Cost ~$20k USD