On the final day of their trip to Africa, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visited the Cook House at Park Station in South Africa. There, they met with women who have trained through the Coca-Cola Company’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment, 5by20, which focuses on retail entrepreneurship for women. The Coca-Cola commitment provides business skills training to women entrepreneurs who lack access to formal education. The classroom courses, scheduled around the women’s other family responsibilities, include bookkeeping, marketing, hiring and managing employees, and customer service. This work will impact 25,000 South African women by 2015 in partnership with UN Women, and it has reached 300,000 women worldwide since its launch in September 2010 at CGI. Coca-Cola aims to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs throughout over 200 countries by 2020.
Afterwards, President Clinton and Chelsea traveled to City Year’s Together Action Group’s (TAG) Service site in Coronationville. In 2006, City Year made a CGI commitment to engage young people of diverse racial, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds in a year of full-time citizen service in South Africa. The program is designed to encourage civic participation, job training, youth leadership, and powerful community service for youth in the country.TAG is a community-based organization which focuses on alleviating poverty, crime, and drug-related problems in schools. At the site, President Clinton and Chelsea were given a tour of some of the responsibilities of TAG service leaders, which include clearing an area to prepare it for a vegetable garden, working with children who attend TAG’s after-school program, and repainting a jungle gym used by children who attend the program.
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