Inspired to Action with Brittany Merrill Underwood

Do you have a passion to make a difference?

Do you have a cause that is near and dear to your heart which could be a business opportunity?

My guest did!

She created a business to support employment, training and programs that transform the lives of women and their families.

Learn how she is making an impact and how she lives in the motherhood. This is The Empowered Mama podcast.

About Brittany

Brittany Merrill Underwood has made an extraordinary impact through her dedication over the past 13 years to transform the lives of impoverished women and families through Akola.

Brittany founded the Akola in 2016, when she was a sophomore at Southern Methodist University, after she met a Ugandan woman who cared for 24 street children in her home.

Inspired to action, Brittany discovered by training and employing women who are deemed “unemployable” in their communities and guaranteeing them a monthly income, Akola could care for thousands of children.

Still operating out of Dallas, TX, and visiting Uganda as often as possible, Brittany also serves as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University, teaching a new course Social Innovation.

Additionally, Brittany was named among Inc magazine’s 2017 World’s Top 10 CEOs.

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Akola is a nonprofit jewelry brand that empowers women in Uganda and Dallas, TX, to redesign their stories.

Each piece is handcrafted by 1 of 500 women in poverty working to redesign the future of their families.

100% of Akola revenue is reinvested in the mission to help women transform their families and communities and provide work opportunities and training to women in poverty in Dallas and Uganda.

Additionally, Akola relies on donations to provide social programs that teach women how to use their income to create meaningful change in their families and communities.

These women are courageous – they are stepping up to make a change in their lives – and to support their families and communities.

The Hero Path by Joseph Campbell

"We have not even to risk the adventure alone

for the heroes of all time have gone before us.

The labyrinth is thoroughly known ...

we have only to follow the thread of the hero path.

And where we had thought to find an abomination

we shall find a God.

And where we had thought to slay another

we shall slay ourselves.

Where we had thought to travel outwards

we shall come to the center of our own existence.

And where we had thought to be alone

we shall be with all the world."