Who we are ?

The Background

The Coalition for Advancement of Lesbian Business in Africa (CALBiA) was initiated as a response to violence against lesbian women in Africa:

http://lezgetreal.com/2010/11/lesbian-corrective-rape-victim-has-her-day-in-court/

The program is designed to promote equality for lesbian women and transgendered persons by enabling their financial independence and so improve their situation in society.

CALBiA is a long term project and a long term investment contributing to development of small and medium businesses in Africa.

CALBiA strives to give African lesbians and transgender person the knowledge and tools to help themselves, and so ensure sustainable development and improvement of their lives, both professionally and personally. The mentoring and sponsorship of entrepreneurs gives rise to a middle class and increasingly sustainable economy. CALBiA promotes equality and helps lesbians and transgender persons to rise out of poverty.

Who we are:

The Coalition for Advancement of Lesbian Business in Africa (CALBiA) was founded in 2011 in Austria.
It is an independent, global non-profit organization of individuals and partner organizations working for
an advancement of equal rights and wealth of lesbians and transgender persons in Africa. CALBiA was initiated as a response to violence against lesbian women (‘’corrective rape’’). The foundation is designed to promote equality for lesbian women and transgendered persons through enabling their financial independence and so improve their situation in society.

Many of LGBTI NGO’s provide the activist work against discrimination. In addition, we see as an important element of solving the ”corrective rape’’ issue to integrate lesbian women and transgender persons in the environment they live. The best way to achieve it is to give the committed individual a possibility to become the self-confident entrepreneur. Through own work a young entrepreneur can become financially independent while contributing to the development of the progressive, affluent and lawful society.

It is expressed in the CALBiA motto:

Your Business Idea
Your Dedication
Your RESPECT

Our Mission & Vision:
Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for lesbian and transgender people in Africa by supporting them in becoming an integrated, respected and valued member of the society.

Our vision is that all members of LGBTI community are accepted and valued for their contribution to the overall development and wealth in places they live independent of their gender, sexual orientation, religion and age.

Way of working and goals
CALBiA Foundation supports lesbians and transgender persons in their efforts to realize a business idea and become a successful entrepreneur. Together with an applicant we develop the business plan which is then addressed for an evaluation through the CALBiA Decision Board. After an approval of the project an applicant get consultancy, coaching, access to CALBiA networks and financial support for the start of the business. The main asset of the applicant we require is the positive attitude, dedication and determination to change the own life to better. We accompany the entrepreneur over one year and provide support in solving possible business issues.