“Clothes really do change lives,” cabi CEO Katie Malone shared with an arena full of cabi Stylists at their bi-annual gathering called cabi Fashion Week. But how, was the inevitable question. When Opportunity CEO Atul Tandon took the mainstage, he made sure not to leave until every one of the 2,200 women entrepreneurs in the audience understood the power of their commitment to cabi.
For more than 15 years, Opportunity International and cabi have partnered together to help realize their founders’ vision that their company would be about more than just selling clothing. They dreamed it would empower women, infuse purpose and meaning into their lives, and unlock their potential as business leaders. Now cabi is one of the nation’s largest direct-to-consumer clothing companies—and they have discovered a meaningful way to complement their vision through a partnership with Opportunity.
The company makes a monetary donation in the name of every new Stylist who joins cabi, and she can direct it to one of Opportunity’s critical programs. Stylists also encourage their customers to add a donation to their purchase at checkout—a great way to make a commitment to Opportunity’s cause.
Over time, the impact of women coming together in these ways has resulted in remarkable acts of generosity: $5.5 million has been donated to women entrepreneurs and children around the world, impacting 48,000 lives of children who can now get a good education and their mothers who can now build their own businesses.
Fighting extreme poverty is not for the faint of heart. When natural disasters, war, disease, and inflation wreak havoc on humanity, the hammer always falls hardest on those living in poverty. We are constantly calibrating and re-setting against the latest setback—and without the constant support of people like our partners at cabi, there wouldn’t be anyone to do this difficult work. Because of the longevity and commitment of cabi, we’ve been able to persevere through some of the most challenging times our clients have ever seen—we can walk alongside them as they rebuild and start working toward a better future.
Fashion Week is one of our favorite events every year because it’s a gift to be able to thank people face-to-face for the ways they are supporting women and children around the world, and remind them, as Katie did, that clothes really do change lives.