The Canadian Women's Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant To Women-Owned, Sitti Social Enterprise Ltd. to launch an Online Subscription Box that Creates Jobs!
The Canadian Women's Foundation recently allocated $50,000 to Sitti Social Enterprise Ltd. [herein, Sitti] for the Fiscal Year 2021 as part of the Investment Readiness Programme. Funded by the Government of Canada, the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) supports social purpose organizations as they contribute to solving pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges across Canada.
This grant will help partially fund the launch of Sitti’s first-ever subscription box and gives them a chance to hire women from racialized minorities. These funds will go to support refugee, immigrant or non-status peoples, those living on low-incomes, and those who identify as 2SLGBTQI+. Sitti will use this opportunity to create solutions for employment and economic development, and also to generate income for the organization.
Sitti has partnered with The Salaheddin Islamic Centre Ltd, also known as the Tawheed Community Center (TCC), as their community partner lead. The TCC, is “a space that welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities … a space that fulfills social and spiritual needs of the community.” The Tawheed Community Center is a non-profit community Centre, which aims to put Islamic values into action to provide support and resources to the community through cultural, social, spiritual and recreational experiences.
Compared to other groups, refugee women with low education, racialized minorities (black/Mestizo), the religious minorities (Muslims), and the non-binary gender (2SLGBTQI+) background continue to experience the worst marginalized labour market conditions and outcomes. This project aims to create entry-level employment and training opportunities for refugee women/2SLGBTQI+ in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Ontario.
The awarded funding will be used to address the educational, linguistic, psychological, and social barriers, which have marginalized the women/2SLGBTQI refugees, in the Canadian economy. Sitti has collaborated with local stakeholders to launch our online subscription box service, creating entry-level employment and training opportunities for refugee women and non-binary folks in the Greater Toronto Area.
To learn more about the partially funded project with Sitti, you can visit: www.sittibox.com - where Sitti is proud to have partnered with 9 women-owned brands to launch their inaugural box. With every subscription box sold, Sitti aims to provide long-term employment to refugee and displaced communities, in addition to generating Canadian-based employment to women.
Sitti is grateful for the opportunity to be selected and featured for this grant opportunity, as we aim to educate, employ and empower in our mission to create self-reliance to refugee and displaced communities globally.
The Canadian Women’s Foundation
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is a national leader in the movement for gender equality in Canada. Through funding, research, advocacy, and knowledge sharing, we work to achieve systemic change.
The Canadian Women’s Foundation supports women, girls and gender-diverse people to move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership.
Since 1991, our partners and donors have contributed more than $130 million to fund over 2,500 life-transforming programs throughout the country.
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Sitti Communications Team