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​Ellevate Network and Prada Partner to Raise Money for Female Scholars in Rwanda

Ellevate, a global professional women’s network, and Prada, the Italian fashion house, are pleased to announce a partnership with The Komera Project, a not-for-profit organization that advances secondary education in Rwanda by providing mentorship and financial support to girls for whom it would not be possible.

Earlier this year, Ellevate Network and Prada hosted a series of networking and shopping events at Prada boutiques in several major cities such as New York, Toronto, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. The events were well attended by Ellevate’s network of professional women who create, inspire and lead. Ellevate members believe strongly in the power of investing in girls and other women.

A portion of the sales from Prada’s Made to Order Decollete Shoe Collection went to Komera. The Decollete Shoe Collection lets shoppers design every detail of their shoe, in colors and materials that are not usually available.

The money raised from these events will have a lasting impact on girls in Rwanda in many ways, including:

- 54 young women will now have access to a Post Secondary Transition Program that offers career guidance and assistance with university applications during the nine-month gap between graduation from high school and the start of the university year.

- 100 parent guardians of the Komera Scholars will receive a year’s worth of training and small grants for their businesses. Their efforts provide stability and safety for their families.

- 11 community-based projects developed by Komera Scholars will receive funding. These projects will affect over 550 people in the community.


About the Ellevate Network

Ellevate Network is a global women's network, serving as the essential resource for professional women who create, inspire and lead. It is operated on the belief that the research is clear: companies and the economy perform better when women are fully engaged. The most dynamic network of its kind, Ellevate is made up of successful, motivated and passionate professional women from various industries and walks of life with one common belief: that investing in themselves and in other women is good business. To learn more, go to www.ellevatenetwork.com

About Komera

Komera sponsors female students with full room and board at a public boarding school in Rwanda. During school holidays, they provide intensive leadership and social entrepreneurship training. Komera also builds community support for the scholars and emphasizes empowerment and positive body image through sports. To learn more, go to www.komera.org

About Prada

Prada is an Italian luxury fashion house, specializing in ready-to-wear leather and fashion accessories, shoes, luggage, perfumes, watches, etc. It was founded in 1913 by Mario Prada.