In 2011, when founder and executive director, Ashley Johnson, was awake at 2am feeding her newborn son, her mind could not stop thinking about the mother in the Philippines who could do nothing to help her baby because she was too malnourished to nurse her baby and too poor to buy him formula, so she could only listen to him scream.
That was the catalyst for what would become The Constellation Coalition.
After years of investing in relationships in marginalized communities in Guatemala, years of child sponsorships through other nonprofit organizations, and seeing firsthand how sustainable employment can lift families out of poverty, the idea for The Constellation Coalition was born.
We believe that every woman is a star! She is fully equipped with everything she needs to shine. When the dots are connected from woman to woman, beautiful images (Constellations!) are created. Amazing stories are shared. And these constellations become guidance systems for thousands of other women.
Our focus is on helping women overcome poverty. We believe two things are key to doing so—genuine relationships and business development. We developed a unique sponsorship model that combines these components into one strategy.
Sponsorship allows women in the US to develop a friendship with a female entrepreneur in a developing country while investing financially in her entrepreneurial journey. The entrepreneur learns that she’s valuable and loved through her sponsor’s genuine care and sponsors help by unlocking the resources she needs to succeed. Imagine what could happen if this would happen thousands of times over!
We believe that when you empower women, you change the world.
We are working to rewrite the story of poverty by connecting women across the globe – a renewed story that decimates poverty! It’s never been easier to become a part of that story and change a woman’s life forever!