Startup Stories: soHza


Tell us about your entrepreneurial product or service.
When a woman is at the center of change, anything is possible.

soHza facilitates a partnership between local non profits for women and global inspired artist from all over the world. We choose pieces that are culturally relevant and unique – pieces that make a statement. Then we put together collection’s of several of these beautiful pieces and the stories of the women behind them from around the world. These collections are partnered with a local non profit for women who share our mission, giving them the opportunity to help women globally and share their stories through their community. As a thank you, we donate 15% of the sales back to them and share the local cases mission through our community. Help women here by helping women there.

What inspired you to launch your business idea?
It started with three sisters and a best friend.
Two years ago, Lupiariello bought her mother a fair trade necklace from Guatemala, and experienced a connection to the woman who had made the beautiful piece. During the same year, Cassi Baker bought Vicki Miller a fair trade bracelet from Ghana. We thought about how much women liked to help women and wear/buy something that has a story. WE thought about how we could strengthen the connection by women all around the world. What if we gave the profits to a local womens cause helping a women here and there.
The concept was born.

our mission:
To connect women change makers – women here to women there.

our beliefs:
• The world would be a safer and stronger place with women
at the center of leadership
• A woman’s potential is limitless
• Women have a common bond no matter where they are from
• Strength can grow from creative expression
• Women like to help other women
• An accumulation of little acts can make a big difference

our goals:
• Build a global community of women at the center
of change.
• Connect women here to women there empowering
them to make change.

What problem does your business or organization solve?
Everyday women around the world are forced into marriage, childhood prostitution, and are born into poverty.They have few options because they are trapped by their culture, status and suppressive life situations.Their avenues for income are often insufficient and socially unacceptable.

Everyday women here in the states struggle too. They are more likely to live in poverty than men, and are often left alone to raise children with less opportunites and less paying jobs.

The amazing thing is that when given the opportunity, a woman can make positive change for her family – for her community. Societies thrive when women are empowered. Communities grow when women are protected and safe.

Because women are caregivers. They often put the needs of others before themselves.

Mothering their children.
Mothering their families.
Mothering their communities.
Mothering the world.

When a woman is at the center of change,
anything is possible.

No matter where she lives.

What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur and how are you working to overcome it?
The financial side. We are working on a strong business plan.

Give us one word that people might use to describe you.

How has Project Eve helped you and/or your business?

Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry or startup story.
Women like to help women.



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