In July 2017, Mena Mode’s founder, Melissa Issa-Boube, was invited to attend the Clinton Global Initiative conference at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference brings forth 1100 other commitment-makers who have pledged to make a change in one of these five areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.
Mena Mode is committed to alleviate poverty in Niger.
Our initiative aims to provide resources for women which they can use to change their local communities. Currently, profits from Mena Mode clothing line are being used to build a home economics school in Niger. We are also building a marketplace to fund WIN. The marketplace will provide a platform for African artisans to share their work with the global economy and receive higher profit margins. The marketplace will also ensure that the women who graduate from our school will have an avenue to sell their creations and jumpstart their businesses. Multiple avenues of funding will not only help provide tuition free education, but also help pay the women while they attend our school.
Initially, the school will offer three courses: fashion design and construction, parental education, and economics. Women will not only learn patternmaking and feminine hygiene, but also have access to the clinic attached to the school.
We have already acquired the land where the school will be built, and secured a construction team. We have partnered with the non-governmental organization, Actions pour le Developpement Integre (ADI) which works to improve the status quo of women and infants in Niger. This organization will help us broadcast the school to their members.
Please visit the WIN website to see more information about the school and follow our progress.