It's been awhile - I've been traveling nonstop sharing Sama's #givework mission, from Boston to Dreamforce to Tokyo. As wonderful as it is to finally be home, with everything going on in this insane election I wanted to highlight Sama's longstanding commitment to empowering women around the world and share a story about one of our workers in India. We could all use a little inspiration in our inbox this month:)
Lakshmi is a remarkable young woman supporting her entire family with her Samasource income. Her parents are rural farm laborers who have been allotted a small property under government welfare, but their land is barren due to lack of funds - her father is injured and currently out of work, and her brother needs money for college.
With the men in her family out of commission, Lakshmi moved in with her grandmother closer to Bangalore so that she could start working for Samasource. As the only fixed income in her household, Lakshmi is solely supporting her family with her earnings, an incredible feat for a young woman from rural India.
In today's economy, women do 66% of the world's work, yet earn less than 10% of the income and own less than 1% of the assets. We're working to change that, one income at a time. Our workers are 53% female and experience a 1.7x increase in wages while at Sama, almost doubling their income. In just three years, our workers quadruple their incomes. And based on our surveys, over 90% of them stay out of poverty and at this higher income level long after they leave us.
Our staff in San Francisco is 78% female and 5 out of 7 of our top executives are women. In Silicon Valley where women make up only 29% of the workforce, we're proud of these numbers.
I'll leave you with a quote from Half the Sky, a must-read for anyone interested in women-driven economic development: "In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world."
The future is female and we at Sama are proud to be a small part of that movement. Tweet at us @samaimpact #womenofsama to share your thoughts.
P.S. Join me and one of our amazing project managers, Harmony, for a Facebook Live today at 9am PT at facebook.com/samaimpact. We'll be chatting about what it's like to manage a Sama project in the field and work directly with amazing women like Lakshmi.