Dermalogica is committed to expanding global opportunities for women. In 2010 the company's co-founder, Jane Wurwand, launched the FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) initiative to help woman start or grow their businesses. To help further this mission of empowering women, FITE recently engaged costumers, skin care professionals and employees with a day of activities to honor Mandela Day.
On July 18th, 2013, FITE celebrated the legacy of human rights champion Nelson Mandela by partnering with two organizations based out of Cape Town, South Africa. Project Ignition creates opportunities for young females in underprivileged communities between the ages of 14-25 by offering them tools for community leadership. These Numbers Have Faces provides scholarships to help young people in need of assistance on their path to obtaining a higher education. This year, FITE will sponsor scholarships for three women in Cape Town, South Africa. The scholarship recipients will, in turn, each participate in helping their communities through volunteer work, leadership and financial literacy trainings, and a commitment to “pay it forward” by helping another student complete the program.
Dermalogica’s concept spaces in Santa Monica, CA, Manhattan, NY and Scottsdale, AZ participated in Mandela Day by distributing $25 Kiva gift cards and encouraging consumers to visit Kiva.org to direct a free loan to an entrepreneur of their choosing. Dermalogica employees nationwide contributed to the first FITE Impact Day by writing postcards of support and encouragement to the girls participating in Project Ignition’s leadership programs.
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