ygap’s yher Appeal - Empowering Women, Ending World Poverty.

ygap’s yher Appeal - Empowering Women, Ending World Poverty.

Opportunities should not be determined by your geography or gender. However, the reality is that two out of three girls are denied an education and of the available funding for businesses around the world, only 3% goes to ones founded by females.

The cherry on top of this disappointing collation of statistics for us was when the World Economic Forum recently released the fact that at this rate it will take 108 years to achieve gender parity and in the mean-time, the global economy is losing trillions of dollars every year.

Men and women are impacted differently by poverty, likewise, they respond differently when receiving an income - with women reinvesting 300% more into their families and communities than their male counterparts.

After spending the last ten years running over 45 accelerators around the world with a gender-neutral approach, our intention was not to discriminate. However, with recent research indicating that this “gender neutral” approach in the social sector underserves women in patriarchal societies - paradoxically, women were still missing out on opportunities.

Go figure.

So at ygap, instead of just talking about this injustice and gap in opportunities, and waiting for someone bigger than us to create this change, we did something about it by launching yher.

yher is a female-focused program that is specifically designed to find the most promising emerging female leaders in developing regions and empower them with access to training, mentorship and access to funding so that they can grow their social impact.

We knew that by investing in women, there would be a significant flow-on effect for societal change in their communities.

During the yher pilot phase in 2017-2018, our team received an overwhelming 847 applications confirming the demand for the program and we went on to support 63 emerging female leaders across Africa, the Pacific and South Asia addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

One of of the women who applied to our yher program was Muzalema Mwanza who had developed a social impact venture, Safe Motherhood Alliance, ensuring safe conditions for mothers and their babies at the time of childbirth.

With the SubSaharan region being the home of 50% of the world’s infant mortalities due to unsterile birthing environments, Muzalema recognised that these were preventable deaths in her community and she couldn’t simply stand by and allow them to happen.

With the development of her home birth kit, Muzalema has not only offered training and employment opportunities, she has also assisted in delivering over 1,000 babies. That’s one woman impacting over 1000 mothers and their babies, and she has only just begun her social impact journey towards a world free of avoidable deaths related to childbirth.

She had a solution to a local problem, all Muzalema needed was someone to find her, believe in her and back her. This is just one social impact entrepreneur’s story of the success that comes with backing local change, there are 453 more stories just like this at ygap.

Unanimously across every benchmark, nations that educate their women and girls end up being more successful in two ways - one being basic fairness and decency, the other being large social and economic returns.

It’s a no-brainer: empower women, end world poverty.

Support us in rolling out the global yher program, by donating before June 30th our cornerstone partner will triple the impact of your donation.

DONATE: ygap.org/yhercampaign

#WorldRefugeeDay - Recognising the Strength, Courage and Resilience.


#WorldRefugeeDay is an opportunity for all individuals, groups and organisations to take a moment to recognise the strength, courage and resilience of the millions of refugees around the world.

In 2018 we had the privilege of meeting an inspiring man by the name of Hedayet Osyan (pictured below), a refugee from Afghanistan whose long journey to Australia was full of horrific hurdles.

Hedayet participated in our First Gens Program where we saw his passion and strength in creating employment opportunities for other refugees and migrants through his successful and growing social impact venture - Nick's Tiling. 

"When I was in Afghanistan I hadn’t this freedom and in here I have everything. There’s massive opportunity for every people, there’s equality, there’s freedom and the life is really easy here.

"I’m really happy and I really appreciate the Australian Government, the Australian people who saved my life and I’m always trying very hard to give something back to Australian people, that’s my responsibility because they saved my life." 

As the human race evolves, we are unfortunately witnessing the highest level of displacement on record with 68.5million people forcibly displaced around the world because of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations.

This is three times the population of Australia.

Here in Australia, where 28% of our population is born overseas, we don’t do nearly enough to raise awareness of the strength of migrant and refugee entrepreneurship, nor do we encourage people from other countries to start ventures here, or help them develop skills to build wealth for themselves and the community through self-employment.

Multiculturalism is about diversity, which in turn is about better creativity and decision-making. In order to attract more innovative ideas and grow our nation, we need to share the stories of the migrant-led business, to inspire aspiring migrant entrepreneurs and the broader community.

This is where a program like First Gens step in.


One of the most beautiful moments for us in facilitating the First Gens program for migrant and refugee-led social impact ventures, is when we have the privilege of witnessing a group of individuals from all different cultures, backgrounds, ages and genders, sitting together under one roof collaborating on how to best approach some of the local challenges here in the country.

Australia’s biggest point of difference in the global arena is its multiculturalism. When we all realise that embracing migrants and refugees isn’t just the right thing to do, but it is also a competitive strength in global business, innovation and entrepreneurship, that is the day when the local communities will win and the world will be inspired to unite as one human race.


ygap Newsletter - July 2018

ygap Newsletter
July 2018

“When we talk about impacting a life, we mean creating a job for a mother so she can feed her family. We mean giving a child an education so they have a chance to fulfil their dreams. We mean improving not only their life but their entire community’s future.

Each one of the 586,389 lives that our nearly 400 entrepreneurs have impacted means entire communities have been transformed – the impact goes beyond what we can measure.

We created our model based on empowering local leaders, as they understand the problem better than we ever could. That is why we are so effective and impactful.

Our local leaders have local solutions to local problems. All they need is someone to believe in them and to back them.”

– Manita Ray, CEO

ygap Newsletter - June 2018

ygap Newsletter
June 2018

At ygap, we always tend to think about how can we do better and what’s next, however, sometimes it’s essential to take a moment, to pause and reflect on the incredible impact your support has created. To date, thanks to your support, we have backed 397 impact ventures, through 35 social accelerator programs, which have significantly improved the lives of 586,389 people!