If no man is an island, then every woman is an archipelago, inextricably linked to other women rooting for her across time and space. At least, this is the overarching, heart-affirming takeaway from Five , a new series of documentary short films, commissioned by Mastercard in association with ShortsTV , that follows the journeys of five women from five different countries who have turned their passions into mission-driven businesses. Each woman\u2014based in Brazil, India, Lebanon, Croatia, and the U.S.\u2014began her enterprise hoping to enact meaningful change in her small corner of the world, and in doing so, ended up building an entire community around her cause. It\u2019s the sort of empowering storytelling that reminds us of our interconnectedness. Five women, one common spirit The five women and their businesses include S\u00e3o Paulo-based Carolina Ignarra, who founded Talento Incluir , a consulting agency that works with companies to understand the value of hiring inclusively across disabilities; Ekta Jaju, an entrepreneur from India who created ONganic Foods , a business that champions sustainable, organic farming practices; Sarah Beydoun, founder and creative director of Lebanese company Sarah\u2019s Bag , which teaches women how to create unique handbags to support their families; Irena Orlovic, the owner and editor of Croatian publishing house Harfa , which promotes literature and games for children with developmental disabilities; and Maya-Camille Broussard of Chicago\u2019s Justice of the Pies , a community-minded bakery that tackles new flavor profiles and food insecurities in equal parts. The purpose-driven spirit permeates their drive. \u201cWhat doesn\u2019t allow me to quit is that the souls of my ancestors would be looking down on me, like, \u2018Girl, we built this up during the Civil Rights movement. We built this up during the era of redlining. If we can do this with the education that we had and the resources that we had, you can do so much more,\u2019\u201d Broussard says in the film. \u201cAnd that keeps me going.\u201d Her company was born out of a desire to pay tribute to her late father\u2019s love of pies, as well as his work as a criminal defense attorney. \u201cI am a social mission company first,\u201d she says. \u201cI just happen to bake pies.\u201d Building a legacy In that sense, Five \u2014which Mastercard backed as part of its commitment to include 50 million small and medium-sized businesses to the digital economy worldwide with support for 25 million female entrepreneurs by 2025\u2014is also very much about legacy: honoring it, building it, and carrying it on amid trying circumstances. All five women spoke extensively about the importance of thinking beyond their own singular businesses to recognize the place their work takes in a wider web of social impact. Beydoun believes all businesses should be actively thinking about their potential for social good. \u201cI don\u2019t think the world needs one more brand, or one more good bag, or one more nice shirt,\u201d she says. \u201cI think the world needs more people supporting missions.\u201d Beydoun\u2019s own journey to start her fashion house began while she was studying sociology in Lebanon. She discovered that many women didn\u2019t have the support systems in place that could pull them out of a bad spot, financially or otherwise. And so she set about building a business that would teach women a set of skills that could help them create their own livelihoods and rely less on toxic partners or environments. The company was built to provide women with skills like designing, sewing, and selling bags. Beydoun's hope is to give women not just the skills to earn their own money, but the confidence to eventually become their own bosses, changing the trajectory of their lives and those of the women they will then go on to impact. \u201cShe didn\u2019t start this as a business," says Beydoun's mother. "She discovered the suffering first.\u201d Redefining entrepreneurialism Filmed entirely before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Five exposes the forces that drive women toward entrepreneurship, and the bonds of mentorship and love that keep them going despite any challenges and pushback they might face. Call it encouraging, call it bold, or call it inspiring\u2014these five women would most likely call their work their life\u2019s calling: to be a conduit for change and social good. And, the hope is, an inspiration for other women looking to start their own ventures, too. \u201cI believe that being an entrepreneur is something that you are born with, it\u2019s not something I learned,\u201d Ignarra, founder of Talento Incluir, explains in the film. \u201cI am a questioner and a nonconformist.\u201d Watch Five , presented by Mastercard , on ShortsTV , and available on demand here . A portion of the proceeds will support women\u2019s empowerment initiatives.