The mothers we are proud to know and have met in our travels make ends meet, taking on jobs to support their families. They make meals out of what’s available, feeding their children before themselves. They make traditions that unite their families, passing down wisdom to future generations. They make painful sacrifices that, more often than not, go unnoticed.
All of these pursuits serve a greater goal: to make a better life for their children. But in doing so, mothers also make the world a better place for the rest of us. Meet seven of them below, and see how they’re making a global difference.