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Celebrating International Women’s Day with Coca-Cola & Prizes!

I received products from Coca-Cola’s 5by20 program; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Happy International Women’s Day!

This day is very important to me, as I believe it is important to recognize and celebrate the contributions made by women through their economic, political and social achievements. It doesn’t feel like it, but it wasn’t that long ago that being an entrepreneur would have been a laughable goal for me or any woman. Heck, voting would have been a laughable goal for me less than 100 years ago. That’s a handful of generations people.

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There are challenges, especially if you are operating in an industry that, like many, is controlled by more men. I see that as a motivator, but I’m also speaking as a woman in the US in 2017 where the resources we can access are amazing.

Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide

Being a female entrepreneur here is a piece of cake when you compare our landscape to that of women in many other places in the world. Many women in developing nations do not have access to resources, skills or opportunities that we take for granted in the developed world.

Coca-Cola is working to change this with their 5by20 initiative, as they aim to improve the lives of one woman at a time until they have helped 5 million women by 2020.  Launched in 2010, the program is doing some amazing stuff in an effort to improve women’s lives and their ability to lift themselves and their families up from poverty and into a world of possibility.

They are tackling two issues that are incredibly important, recycling and women’s empowerment. And I mean true empowerment by action in over 60 countries. This is not just posting memes across social media. The 5by20 program offers access to training, financial services and peer-to-peer mentoring.

Let’s Talk Numbers

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I love stats. I want numbers, as they tell the real story. So let’s take a look at some interesting numbers for this program.

  • 1.5 Million. That’s the number of women who have been impacted by the 5by20 program as of the end of 2015.
  • 90%. This is the percent of their income that women reinvest in food, education and healthcare for their families.
  • 60+. The the number of countries where Coca-Cola is making a difference with the 5by20 program.

Check out the video below to meet some of the women we’re talking about.


Check out these Gifts and Win One!

I received an amazing selection of items that are hand made by fellow women entrepreneurs. I will be giving these items away here and on social media. All you need to do to enter is to share this post or the amazing items I’m about to introduce you to.

Crochet Change Purse
This Bottle Cap Purse is from Turkey. It is made from recycled bottle caps and is perfect for any occasion and fancy enough even for an evening outfit. The craftsmanship is excellent. So fancy!
This cool looking PCF Narrow Ring-Pull Bracelet from the Philippines is created entirely from locally sourced recycled aluminum ring-pulls and elasticized thread. It brings an exciting pop of Coca-Cola red color to any outfit. It’s also really easy to put on and take off.
Coca-Cola Giraffe
Can you even with how cute this is? This is the perfect piece for the desk where the magic happens. The Acacia Creations Soda Can Giraffe is made in Kenya using recycled aluminum cans and bound with recycled telephone wire.
This Coletivo Piraquet Handbag is from Brazil. It is made with the scales of the ancient Pirarucu fish with are found in the rivers and lakes of the amazon. Recycled PET scales are hand sewn onto mesh to create this gorgeous purse. The coolness factor on this is quite high!

Guess what. I’m giving each of these away! Leave a comment telling me what International Women’s Day means to you and you are officially entered.

Aftewards, go out and celebrate your she-power, be a kick-ass fempreneur and support your sisters across the globe by purchasing their handcrafted items.

And to the three men who read this blog, my husband and two sons, “Mami says go buy your women some nice things that mean something.” And throw out the trash.




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53 Responses

  1. Yay for girl power! We can do anything we want and I love that there is a day to recognize that.

  2. Ay que lindo! I love the stories and the message. Way to go Coca Cola! I will show this video to my mom, who came to this country and earned a living with her craft. We had a house, attended private school, had food to eat … she did all this with grace, cheer, and determination

  3. International Womens Day is a chance to celebrate our ability to be nurtures as well as scientists. It an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments we have achieved in business and those we have yet to make happen.

  4. Girl power!! I am all for supporting fellow women in business. I love all of these Coca Cola gifts 🙂

  5. This is so awesome! I had no idea Coca Cola was doing that kind of thing. I love it!
    Women’s day is awesome – it definitely helps me to feel empowered and motivated to keep striving for my dreams because history teaches me that there’s nothing women can’t do if they put their mind and passion into something!

  6. It is absolutely amazing what these talented woman are doing with these items! Gorgeous! I would proudly use them all!
    Glad that big brands are doing good out there.

  7. I love this so much! I’ve always been impressed with Coke products. Diet Coke keeps me happy and I’m glad their company has an initiative like this.

  8. I loved that women are being recognized more for the work they do and for what they contribute to the world. These woman are so inspiring!

  9. It’s so amazing what women can do to improve the world that we live in and we definitely deserve the recognition and the attention. I think these women are great and I admire them so much, I hope they keep doing what they’re doing.

  10. Happy International Women’s Day! I love seeing each of these women’s creativity shine through the objects they made. How inspiring!

  11. I teach history to 5-8th graders. The class I teach this semester is all about women’s history. It’s is so important that they hear the stories of the strong women who came before and who overcame so much. Love international Women’s Day.

  12. The bottle cap purse is my absolute favorite! I’ll definitely be entering to win it! Thanks so much for hosting these giveaways!!

  13. I love this post and focusing on the amazing things women can do! Supporting each other will only lead to a better future for all of us. 🙂

  14. International Women’s Day shows me how far we have come and how far we have to go. It shows that so many women have a voice, power, and a stance that they want to show. I love this campaign!

  15. It is impressive what truly motivated people can accomplish. These women are making such detailed and intricate designs!

  16. Oh wow! That purse looks so amazing. Here in the Philippines, their 5by20 campaign is for sari-sari stores – or tiny stores which sell snacks and refreshments. Think 7-11 or convenience stores but smaller.

  17. I love the mission of 5by20 and commend Coca-Cola for giving back and making a positive difference in the world. It’s campaigns like this that catch my attention and encourage me to buy and support certain brands.

  18. I love seeing other women winning ! I know so many other fellow female entrepreneurs who are doing a great job being their own boss. I am proud to be a woman and we have come a long way and with even more progress to make.

  19. The crafts from Philippines and Brazil are perfect to match an #OOTD. Great crafts and creativity.

  20. Coca Cola does truly amazing things! I never knew that they had something like this going on. So smart and so amazing!

  21. What a great and informative post! I read that Women put 90% of their pay back into their households! The stats you shared are so interesting!

  22. Thanks for the informative post, I didnt realize how much Coca Cola was doing for women. I love the fact that they are helping women earn a living creating with what’s around them. I love fair trade products ! I love the purses!

  23. I visited CC’s Atlanta offices 2 years ago and learned all about the 5×20 program. It is so moving and empowering. I’m so glad that they are committed to programs like these.

  24. I love the how these women on the video was so inspiring and so strong. Their handmade products are amazing, and I especially love the Coletivo Piraquet Handbag, and I was not suprised by the high coolness factor.

  25. I love that women are getting recognition and have a day to celebrate themselves and each other. What fab crafts too – Love the giraffe and that handbag s so cool and unique – bet no-one else has handbag made from fish scales!

  26. I had no idea that Coca-Cola is doing this wonderful thing. I believe every entrepreneur should go through a program like this, it opens doors and you learn so much! Great Job Coca-Cola!

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