Hannah Warren wins YWCA Mentorship Award

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (from left), Rotary representative and mentor Elise Cadigan, Jhoole founder Hannah Warren, Hannah’s mother Lisa Warren and Womanspace Executive Director Elaine Hirschenberger. (Photo by Gale Ketteler)

Womanspace announced their nominee, Hannah Warren, was presented with the Mentorship Award at the YWCA Leader Luncheon March 7. Warren, a native of Rockford, traveled to India on a photography project with the support of Rotary International.

In a city in Madhya Pradesh Province, she found the women weavers she was documenting were very poor and received very little compensation for their hard work. After learning to speak Hindi and becoming friends with these women, Warren founded Jhoole Weavers, a fair trade cooperative, a nonprofit business designed to benefit (rather than exploit) people living in poverty.

From the April 6-12, 2011 issue

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