SIFE Partners with International OrganizationMarch 13, 2012
Truman SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) has established a partnership with BEMM (Because Every Mother Matters), an international organization whose purpose is to assist women in Eastern Africa. BEMM provides supplies to pregnant women, sponsors women for educational training and developing trades, and establishes maternal health centers for emergency care. SIFE is creating informational brochures and packets to help promote the goals of BEMM and is also assisting the organization in writing bylaws and obtaining nonprofit status.
A Kirksville business, Blink of an Eye, has agreed to sell “Tacky for Africa” headbands. The headbands, made by Burmese refugees living in southern Missouri, are just one of BEMM’s products. Anna Elzein leads the project team for SIFE, in cooperation with Steffany Boster, the founder of BEMM. SIFE hopes to expand their efforts through sales of t-shirts and canvas bags, and by encouraging more small businesses to sell and promote BEMM products.