I Am Zambia’s motto is “We are brave. We are bold. We are cycle breakers”. IAZ focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty for vulnerable girls through education and vocational experience. They provide education in three specific areas: entrepreneurship, computer skills, and English. They also offer vocational skills through small business internship opportunities. In Zambia, over 30% of young women do not progress beyond elementary school because of illness, teen pregnancy, or lack of funding. IAZ fights these barriers by teaching girls their self-worth, giving them the knowledge needed to graduate secondary school, and providing them with critical financial support.
Our founder, Carrie Brinton, currently serves as a board member for IAZ and visits the Zambia girls’ school multiple times each year. Carrie provides business expertise to help the organization operate smoothly and works personally with the girls, teaching in the classrooms and training them in the internship programs.
“Working with these young women has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I get to know them and love them just like my own kids here in Utah. I am beyond humbled watching them develop their voice to speak up for themselves and begin to believe that they really can break the cycle of poverty in their families. IAZ provides something for these girls that otherwise would never be available to them. I am so grateful to be a part of this organization.”