How do people take the leap to start their own business? For Ivy it was simple. She just couldn’t do anything else. After an amazing experience in Durban, South Africa, where Ivy received her Master’s degree in Development Studies from ZwaZulu-Natal, she was inspired to dedicate her work to expanding access to resources for underrepresented women.
Learning from survivors of domestic abuse at the Saartjie baartman Centre for Women and Children, Ivy witnessed how minimal job skills and education hinder the financial independence of many of the women, ultimately trapping them in a cycle of abuse. With the help of an online Social Entrepreneurship Course through the Copenhagen Business School, Ivy founded Find Your Power in 2016 to address this issue.
Ivy and her team of volunteers and interns have been conducting a needs based assessment with local African immigrants to determine their next phase of action. They plan to take what they learn to build a tech tool resource library.
Even though owning your own nonprofit can be challenging and stressful, Ivy loves having the opportunity to use her talents and skills to connect and empower women. “Plugging into the Impact Hub community has been tremendously helpful,” said Ivy. She knew she didn’t want to be a traditional nonprofit and Impact Hub offered her the connections and resources to feel more innovative and nimble.
On November 15 (Give to the Max Day!), Find Your Power has their biggest event of the year! Their 2nd Annual Poetry Jam will celebrate the unique artists, talents and voices of our Twin Cities community, while also raising awareness and funds for Find Your Power. Learn more and RSVP!