Job Help for Single Moms

Moms and Jobs Two former Dow Jones executives in the Boston area have launched a program to help poverty-stricken single moms. Moms and Jobs (MoJo), the brainchild of Tom and Darr Aley, provides sustainable employment opportunities, complete child-care coverage, and career development for single mothers wishing to work in the apparel manufacturing sector.

MoJo uses most of its profit from sales of its products to help finance these and other benefits. The remaining balance is used for purchasing raw materials and hiring new employees.

"The economics of a single-parent family mean that single mothers are disproportionately represented among the poor," says Katlyn Schultz, a Dakini co-founder who is designing MoJo's 2011 Winter apparel and accessory product line. "Among U.S. households headed by single mothers, 27 percent live below the poverty line, compared to 12 percent of male-headed families. MoJo is helping to eradicate this pervasive social problem through business innovation."

Part of that innovation involves providing child care to workers. "Women with dependent children comprise two-thirds of the poor population. A big part of the problem is that daycare costs for even one child can consume the majority of a woman's salary, making it feel difficult to justify returning to the work force from a personal and financial standpoint," says Darr Aley, co-chairman of MoJo. "We are excited about Dakini's involvement and hope that together we can help revolutionize apparel manufacturing in the U.S. with the coverage of these vital benefits."

All this, and their products -- which include men's, women's, and children's fleece jackets, vests, turtlenecks, mittens, hats and scarves -- are environmentally friendly too! The Dakini-designed line utilizes recycled materials manufactured by Polartec, including their recycled stripe microfleece and 300 Series fabrics.

The company launched its first manufacturing facility in Lowell, Mass., in July 2010 and is quickly growing, attempting to hire more single mothers. They intend to expand their facilities across the country, including their next next planned venture in San Francisco (slated for later this year), where they already have a business office.

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What about single dads? Oh thats right men dont matter in the state of washington I FORGOT!

January 26 2011 at 12:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josephine

Really jobs for single moms!Their welfare check plus food stamps are their keys to success. Givwe the jobs to single girls who know better than to have an innocent child oout of wedlock.

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momoftwo

Before you assume that all single mothers are on welfare you should know what your talking about. I raised my son till he was almost 8 WITHOUT government assistance or a welfare check and foodstamps. I am now married and just had another child except her father takes care of his responsibilities. Not only that but just because the other girls don't have kids doesn't mean they are responsible. There are the girls that didn't get caught, abortions, adoption (again some else takes responsiblity), and infertility. What about the infertile woman are they reponsible or just cursed. Children are a blessing no matter how we get them, and if it weren't for woman having babies married or not there would no longer be a civilization. Besides its not like boys are being raised to be the marrying kind of men. Being married is made to be a stigma. Overbearing mothers are raising there sons to be catered too, I want to be your companion, your friend not your mother. I have my own to take care of. Besides what about selfish woman who abandon there kids.The fathers that raise them, sometimes they get laid off should that stop them from feeding there kids? Before you talk about something, make sure your informed! Especially if you have never been in the same position.

January 27 2011 at 9:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian

So this is a great program for single moms. How come there arent any programs for us single fathers? All I see are commercials about dead beat dads, spend time being a dad today, blah blah. Its all about bashing men because yes they didnt take care of their kids. Well there are Mothers out there that are just as bad. I am a single father, that takes care of my kid but I dont see anyone creating programs that help us out.

January 25 2011 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

You are so wrong when you say all women are alike.....I am single because I am a widow, I did not ask for this. Sometimes in life unforseen things happen and you need a little help....stop and really think before you judge others....you must not like your self to much

January 24 2011 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Josephine

Candice you have a wierd way of thinking. Life is all about many choices. Having a child out of wedlock amd taking money away from taxpayers is a BAD choice!!!!!!!!Sham Shame Shame.........

January 25 2011 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iSEORanker

I am ready to do Job by my mom can't do that job and i think she deserves Financial aid for single mothers..Thank you for the post..

January 24 2011 at 6:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peg

At 30 years of age, my daughter has no children, is still "technically" single, but in a long-term committed heterosexual relationship....where's her "reward" for NOT being IRRESPONSIBLE?

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