Having grown up in Nigeria, where nearly three out of four girls are unable to obtain schooling, Tomide Awe WG17 knew she wanted to find a way to empower women in her home country while also celebrating her rich heritage. In her final year at Wharton, Awe worked to merge her Nigerian culture with a solution to education inequality though fashion.

Olori — meaning “Queen” in the Yoruba language — partners with artisans and women-owned businesses in Africa to produce handmade bags and accessories crafted with traditional prints and colorful textiles. Each Olori product sold pays tuition for girls in under-resourced African communities.

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