The Theodora Project is a system linking outsourced business opportunities in developed countries with recruitment, training and personal development of trafficked women in Africa. Theodora transforms these women into self-confident businesswomen who become owners of the businesses we create.
How Our System Works
As a social enterprise, Theodora Africa follows a classic business model, providing professional services that meet growing market demand. All while creating social good and fostering economic development in underserved communities.
The Market Opportunity is Vast and Growing
There are 31.7 million small businesses in the U.S. Out of these, 25.7 million small businesses have no staff member according to the latest census.
Over the past 20 years, the number of people in the U.S. employed as executive secretaries and administrative assistants has more than halved, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which expects assistantship across industries to decline 9 percent by 2029.
Who’s Theodora? Theodora was one of the most important empresses of the Byzantine Empire, but her life didn’t start that way. Like the women of Theodora Africa, she had few choices in life and had to make ends meet as an entertainer before she met and married the Emperor Justinian I. She used her keen intelligence and grit to co-rule during one of the most innovative and prosperous periods of the Empire.