A DECADE OF DIFFERENCE
celebrating 10 years of President Clinton’s post-presidency
10 Inspiring Women from Our Decade of Difference
After discovering that she was HIV-positive in 2003, Tsepang, a young woman from Lesotho, began treatment at the Karabong Clinic, which purchases antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) under Clinton Foundation agreements. Today she works at the clinic to support nurses, provide counseling to other patients, and contribute to HIV awareness campaigns. "This young woman will do more good than I ever could, by standing there and being proud to be a living, breathing human being entitled to dignity, equal respect, and asking people to do the responsible thing for themselves and all the other people in their community and their nation," President Clinton said.
Founder of Women for Women International, Zainab has helped bring financial and emotional support to women survivors of war. Through the Clinton Global Initiative, she has committed to build training centers and hospitals for survivors of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "What makes Zainab one of the most inspiring women I’ve met is not her amazing personal story, but what she has done with it," President Clinton said. Read more.
As a Youth Advisory Board member for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, 14-year-old Carson has inspired schools in her state to move more and eat better. She’s spoken to the state legislature about youth nutrition, taught healthy habits to Santa Fe fourth graders, and organized a drive to collect used sports equipment for local schools — to name just a few of her many accomplishments. "I know that eating right and staying active will help me be able to achieve many things," she says.
Maritza Parra Córdoba
More than 14 years ago, Maritza began cultivating and selling spices to support her four daughters. Today she is the owner of TANA organic spices, a business that has grown to employ more than 150 women in her community — thanks in part to business and market support provided by the Clinton Foundation. Read more.
Oakland mom Jamilia reminds herself every day “to find the energy and ambition to see my babies grow up to be healthy, strong men and women.” When she couldn’t find healthy food options in her community, she worked to set up produce stands at her children’s school. Jamilia and other moms around the country are changing their communities with support from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Read more.
Ifijenia, who lives in Malawi’s Mchinji District, is one of hundreds of smallholder farmers benefiting from the Clinton Foundation’s agriculture programs in the region. Through her participation in the Tijanjane Club, she learned advanced farming techniques, received higher-quality inputs, and increased her yield from 5 bags per acre to 20 bags. She’s using the extra income to send her daughter to boarding school. Watch her tell her story.
Lexy Funk and Susan Doban
Architect-turned-entrepreneur Susan Doban wanted to expand her firm, but didn’t know how to position her business for sustainable growth. The Clinton Foundation’s Entrepreneur Mentoring Program matched her with local successful entrepreneur Lexy Funk, owner of Brooklyn Industries, and together they mapped a plan for success.
Caribbean Crafts owner Magalie Dresse is helping Haitians get back to work by training and employing nearly 300 Haitian artisans. With business and market support from the Clinton Foundation, Magalie hopes to expand her business to nearly 1,000 artisans by the end of this year and find new retail partners around the world. Watch a video about her work.
Katie McClain and Suzanne Malec-McKenna
As city director for the Clinton Foundation’s climate initiative in Chicago, Katie McClain works with Suzanne Malec-McKenna, commissioner for the Chicago Department of Environment, to implement projects that reduce the carbon footprint of the entire city.Watch a video about their results.
A resident of Flushing, New York, Suan Jeng won the opportunity to spend a day with President Clinton last March as part of a Clinton Foundation fundraising drive. But her commitment to improving the lives of others doesn’t stop there — she’s also the founder of River in the Desert Advocacy Center, a New York-based organization that fights domestic violence and human trafficking. "Working with victims...is hard," she says, "but I wake up thinking, what can I do today?"