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August 15th, 2012


NOLA Social Entrepreneur and MORE Magazine Job Genius
Awardee vies for $20K contest prize 

August 15, 2012NEW
ORLEANS, LA—Social enterprise, BaBa Blankets and its nonprofit partner SISTAWorks,
Inc. announced that the organizations’ founder, New Orleans resident, E.
Aminata Brown, will compete alongside nine other women for a $20,000 MORE
Magazine Hire Calling Job Genius contest prize.

In April 2012, Brown was featured in the MORE Magazine Hire Calling Job
Genius Series,

which recognized women innovators who not only create jobs for other women, but
do so in a unique and impactful way. A second component of the honor allows the
ten women highlighted in the series to vie for a $20,000 cash prize to be
awarded to the organization garnering the most votes in an online MORE magazine
poll. Brown
was chosen for the Hire Calling Job Genius series because of her efforts to
promote women’s entrepreneurship and girl’s education in Ghana through her
social enterprise, BaBa Blankets and nonprofit, SISTAWorks, Inc.“It’s a
real honor to be recognized in this way because of the many women involved who have
spent a lifetime doing such humble work that creates simple miracles for their
families each and every day. These women so often go unnoticed,” explains
Brown.  “Receiving an award such as this
offers our enterprise much needed resources to continue exposing and
strengthening their tremendous efforts.”  Brown
first became interested in women’s entrepreneurship and girl’s education in
Ghana during a family vacation after encountering several young girls in
Accra’s big city markets working as load carriers but aspiring to something much
greater. While talking to the girls, Brown was so moved by their stories that
she and her father invested in the development of BaBa Blankets, a sewing
collective that turned these women and girls from day laborers to entrepreneurs. Brown,
who was recognized by New Orleans Magazine as one of the “10 Top Female
Achievers” in 2009, lived and worked in Ghana for more than five years. She
currently resides in New Orleans with her 11-month-old daughter, Soraya.

The MORE Job Genius contest ends
August 31, 2012. To vote for E. Aminata Brown, Click Here!

About BaBa Blankets
and SISTA Works, Inc.

E. Aminata Brown founded BaBa Blankets in an effort to empower
economically disadvantaged women in Ghana in 2006. The mission is to create
inspiring cultural works that provide sustainable income and well-deserved
development opportunities for African women & girls. Since 2006, the enterprise has provided technical and
artistic training as well as sustainable income to the women involved. Today,
more than 75 Ghanaian women work together to produce artistic home décor
textile products and the collective also collaborates with other African
women’s cooperatives to produce unique hand-woven baskets. The products are
exported primarily to the U.S., and their work has been featured in
publications around the world.  In April
2011, SISTAWorks, Inc., a non-profit 501©(3) tax-exempt organization was
established with the mission to invest in women’s entrepreneurship and girls’
education to transform marginalized communities. SISTAWorks is committed to
furthering the Stay-In-School Tuition Assistance (SISTA) Program which began in
2007 by BaBa Blankets™ to help girls from Ghana’s rural northern areas complete
their secondary school education (high school). 
The SISTA Scholar program is funded by contributions from donors and all
donations are fully tax-deductible. Proceeds from the sale of BaBa Blanket™
products are also used to support the program. For more
information about BaBa Blankets, SISTAWorks, Inc., or E. Aminata Brown, visit www.babablanket.com.

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