Friday, May 27, 2016

5 Things Which Prove That Women Are The Stronger Sex



In almost every society in the world, women are seen as the weaker sex. Centuries of patriarchy have cemented this view for many, but we want to see women celebrated for the forces of nature that they really are!

So here are our top 5 reasons why women are actually the stronger sex!

1. Our immune system is stronger



Although we often joke about 'man flu', it has actually been proved that women are better at fending off illness, and it's all to do with genetics. Whilst men have XY chromosomes, women have XX chromosomes, and its the extra X that makes all the difference. Scientists have found that strands of microRNAs on the X chromosome have important functions in immunity and cancer. Who knew?

2. We have been proved to be better at managing our money



Maybe it's becuase of the traditional gender role of the woman lookign after the family and house, but a study in 2010 sowed that women were less likely to find themselves in debt and worked harder to become financially independent. That's not to say we don't splash the cash on occasions, with 60% of all online shopping being done by women and the average women spending a staggering 8.5 years of her life shopping!

3. We have to give birth



It's a grim business, but someone has to do it! Without women being able to carry another human in their bodies for 9 months and then spend hours in agony trying to bring them into the world, then the human race would be extinct!

4. We are better at communicating




Whilst men tend to show their feelings through actions, often aggressively, most women are capable of holding their temper and discussing problems face to face without physical conflict. 

5. Despite being oppressed in many cultures, we are still contributing huge things to the world



Marie Curie, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks... the list goes on and on!

However women still face challenges in many places....

In today's world, it is unacceptable that women are poorer than men in all racial and ethnic groups. Fewer than 20% of all women in Africa have access to education. Women in sub-Saharan Africa are 230 times more likely to die during childbirth or pregnancy than women in North America. Sadly it seems that #PovertyIsSexist




Let's do what we can to empower those women across the world who aren't as fortunate as we are. Can you donate to our women empowerment projects? Ripples Foundation is working tirelessly to improve the lives of thousands of rural village women across West Africa so they can support their children and have a brighter future for their communities. Take a look at our website to follow the work that we do: http://ripplesfoundation.ngo/ and please donate what you can by clicking here

So let's celebrate women everywhere who have achieved and will continue to achieve greatness. 



Alysha Bennett Web Developer

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Inspirational Quotes By Strong Women


Women go through a lot in their lives. They are capable of nurturing new life within their own bodies, educating generation after generation to continue on their legacy, and often being the person who manages their household. For far too long we have accepted that being powerful means being tough, aggressive and in control; whilst forgetting that the very qualities that make women strong such as gentleness and having the natural tendency to cooperate and communicate are very important to a functioning society. That in mind, here are our top 10 inspirational quotes from strong women from around the world:


  1. Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” - Margaret Thatcher


  1. “A woman is like a teabag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” - Eleanor Roosevelt




  1. “The day will come when man will recognise woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.” -  Susan B. Anthony


  1. “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” - Amelia Earhart


  1. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”- Alice Walker


  1. “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” - Malala Yousafzai




  1. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” - Estee Lauder


  1. “I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say ‘yes, women can.” - Dilma Rousseff


  1. Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” - Ruth Bader Ginsburg


  1. “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” - J.K. Rowling


The women we help can achieve great things and have been achieving great things. With your support we can continue our projects such as the Women’s Enterprise Programme and our Medical Mot Programme. Any donation can make a difference, big or small but it will help aid in the empowerment of the women we support.

Saheed abdul Web Developer

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Friday, May 13, 2016

We Do More Than Just Work In Africa!




You may take a look at the work that Ripples Foundation does and think that all we do is run projects for women and children in Africa. But we are actually present in the UK and the US, not just in West Africa! Our main office is in the UK which is the centre of all our operations. 

You may think that all of our projects are based in Africa, but we also run projects for women and youth in the UK, primarily in Gravesend, Kent where our office is located. Ripples Foundation first started in the UK as BME Concern, and supported women who were  new to the UK in helping them find employment and help from local social services. This then developed into working with the youth in local schools and running projects designed to encourage social cohesion between the multitude of different cultures in the area. We want to show young children to celebrate differences between cultures and embrace them, rather than have a culture of fear and racial separation. Previous projects have focused on African music and art, as well as sessions on hair tying and trips to museums. 


Although our projects in Africa currently are growing, we do not want to stop our projects in the UK. We even offer volunteering opportunities for local young people who want to learn new skills that will help them in future employment, and also can take on a limited number of interns from the UK and abroad who want to work here on placement as part of their university degrees. For more information on opportunities at our UK office please email info@ripplesfoundation.ngo.

When our UK team is not working on UK projects, they are also busy working in partnership with our teams in Africa to supervise and assist on the African projects. We have 2 main departments in the UK office: Media and Enterprise.

Media Team


The main job of the Media Team is to promote the great work we do in the UK and Africa to our supporters and our donors. We want as many people as possible to see the difference that our projects are making and donate towards our work so we can continue to make change happen!

As well as being creative by editing photos, videos and blogs online, the Media Team also helps with the planning of certain projects: including the Youth Development Programme currently running in Nigeria. The Media Team creates and provides the training packages that our trainers on ground use to deliver the Media Apprenticeship course in Kano and also an IT training course for youths in Iworo village. 

As you can see, the team is friendly and ready to solve any technical challenge that is presented to them!



Enterprise Team

Over on the Enterprise Team, the projects we run are managed and monitored to generate reports for the sponsors of each village. The team is constantly in contact with the teams on ground in Africa to always be up to date with the latest information. As well as managing the projects, the Enterprise Team also organises logistics of donations and shipments of those donations to our projects, and manages the sales of our Akomi brand online. 




If you want to learn more the UK office and how we interact with our teams in Africa to deliver projects, click the video below!

Alysha Bennett Web Developer

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Time To Empower African Women



Ripples Foundation has now launched the Akomi range on the world market! Since 2005, our charity has helped hundreds of African women to start their own businesses through our Women’s Enterprise Programme. We are now proud to announce that some of these natural products that our women produce are now available on our online shops.


Where do the Akomi products come from?


Ghana is one of our key areas in which Akomi products are made and everything in the production process is done manually.  All of the women that work on our enterprise projects are given training by our team to ensure that they all know how to properly work with the equipment and produce the Grade A export quality products. Proceeds from Akomi products are given directly to the women and are invested back into their enterprises and to help them support their children.


Great for your skin and for your hair, our Shea Butter products are 100% natural and we have a variety of fragrances and sizes currently available:

  • Pure - 500g;
  • Crème - 200g;
  • Pêche - 200g.




But this is just the start. In the future we are looking to expand our product range and include more items made by our village women including:

  • Moringa Oil, Powder and Seeds;
  • Dry Catfish.


Where can I buy them?


Do you want to support African women and help us to settle more business in Africa? Please visit our eBay shop and purchase our Akomi products by clicking here. Currently our stock is limited so you will need to be quick to get your hands on them!

More products will be available on our official Akomi online shop towards the end of May. so make sure to keep an eye out for the launch. In the mean time, why not sign up to our mailing list by visiting www.ripplestrading.com?


If you want some more information about how the products are made and how Ripples Foundation empower African women or if you want to win some samples, follow us on our new Akomi Facebook page by clicking here! We would be happy to share your feelings and testimonies about your first impression of our products.

By buying Akomi, you will supporting an African village woman and ensuring she can clothe, feed and educate her children.
Alysha Bennett Web Developer

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