Earlier this month, leading up to World Poverty Day, UN Women and Coca-Cola traveled with four U.S.-based journalists to South Africa to meet women empowered by UN Women and Coca-Cola programs. The programs, which are part of Coca-Cola’s 5by20 initiative, aim to help alleviate poverty and strengthen communities by providing women entrepreneurs with business skills training and mentorship.

Through the below slideshow, the journalists—Tula Karras, Adrian Granzella Larssen, Susan McPherson and Purvi Thacker—share through their own pictures and words the impact these programs are having on participants and how inspiring these women are to meet.

Learn more about the trip and journalists here