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dermalogica foundation

The Dermalogica Foundation’s FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) programs invest in the potential of women and girls by creating pathways to entrepreneurship.


 

 

lend her a hand up

Economic Support

FITE believes that women have the power to yield significant returns for themselves, their families and their communities. By providing women entrepreneurs with access to small loans and business resources, we lend women a hand up, and help fill the gap between what they can do and what they need.

give her the knowledge to succeed

Education & Training

FITE gives girls the knowledge to succeed as entrepreneurs. We believe investing in girls’ education is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty, bolster poor communities, and foster economic growth and stability. Through support of global opportunities to further girls' education, vocational skills and leadership programs, FITE helps girls pursue their dreams.

help her make an impact

Empowering Communities

FITE invests in local grassroots initiatives to help women become leaders, impactful citizens and champions for pressing social issues. Strengthening pathways to entrepreneurship is an important step in helping to change the perceived value of women and girls in society. By connecting our programs with on-the-ground efforts, FITE wants to help the women we support amplify their voices and address human rights issues in their communities.

To date, Dermalogica’s FITE program has helped fund more than 40,000 loans for women to start or grow a business, in the USA and over 65 other countries.


 

MEET JAIME'-LEE

Jaime'-Lee Jacobs is one of the 6 scholars to successfully complete her degree with the help of FITE and These Numbers Have Faces. She completed her law degree at the University of Western Cape to become the first person in her family to graduate. She subsequently secured a position at Herold Gie Law Firm to complete her articles – her dream of becoming a human rights attorney now firmly within her reach.

1. HOW HAS AN EDUCATION EMPOWERED YOU?
It enabled me to see the world in a different light. To understand the complicated dynamics we live in. And by understanding this, it motivated me to find solutions to the imperfections of this dynamic.

2. WHAT ASPECT WAS THE HARDEST IN OBTAINING YOUR DEGREE?
To maintain a spirit of perseverance. I experienced a lot of pressure to perform to the best of my ability. There were times when I failed a test and beat myself up, thinking that I wasn't cut out for the path that I have chosen to walk. The valuable lesson was that failure is an inevitable part of success.

3. HOW HAS THIS JOURNEY CHANGED YOU?
It has empowered me to motivate others and to give back to those who have sacrificed so much for me. It has opened up my understanding of what the world's oyster holds for me and all the young people pursuing a tertiary education. It has further broken the misapprehension of a patriarchy in the business world. By studying further, I have learnt women can kick just as much ass as men do in the work place. On occasions, even harder!


 

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