Muffin Revolution is committed to sending women in the Congo to medical school or law school every year. Why women in the Congo, you ask? Here's the story.
Muffin Revolution's co-founder, Marirose Piciucco, started the company in the middle of a painful divorce. A question she kept asking herself was, " What should I do with my engagement ring?" During this difficult time, she found strength by immersing herself in documentaries where women throughout the world were overcoming hardship and rising up against all odds. She learned about the Democratic Republic of Congo and how the diamond trade in the war torn region was creating a culture of rape and violence toward women.
"What if my ring could go toward rising one of these women up?" she asked herself.
THE RING PROJECT WAS BORN
Out of that question, a non-profit was born. Who starts a company and a non-profit in the same year? I know, she's awesome, but I digress. The Ring Project takes donated rings (or any type of jewelry), sells them wholesale to a jeweler, and provides scholarships to women in the DRC who are committed to building up their communities, their country and more specifically, women.
The pain of one woman’s divorce goes toward helping a woman on the other side of the planet who is rising up and reaching for more. This very act of helping another woman is healing in itself and creates a "ring of support" where all the women involved are leaning on one another in gratitude, support, and encouragement.
WHO IT IMPACTS
Just $2500 is enough to pay for one woman to complete one year of medical or law school, including their books, laptop and room & board. The Ring Project has 6 women in medical and law school this year.
Mihali Hélène Wabiwa
University: University of Bukavu
"It is extremely rare that a native Pygmy girl from my community receives a scholarship for higher education. I may even be the first female lawyer in our aboriginal peoples community, and perhaps the first academic in my community; it remains a story that I will testify in all my life."