I've met sweet Tara a few times now. She is the definition of a girl following a god-sized dream. In 2010 she went to Rwanda for 2 weeks and couldn't get the experience out of her head so...she went back. She moved right into an orphanage and 6 months later she had a vision and a plan. She noticed many problems but decided to see what could be done to tackle two of them.
- Tara noticed a general sense of hopelessness in the young women at the orphanage. Solution: give them something to make that would yield a sustainable wage.
- The second issue was middle and high school children who needed food to eat throughout their long school days. Solution: feed them with the profits from the handmade items once the women are paid a fair wage for their hard work!
As of last year, 380 children and 37 teachers are being fed daily! Additionally, 32 girls are employed earning a sustainable wage. 10 of the women have moved themselves out of the orphanage and 19 of them are attending university! Click here to read the heartwarming/heartbreaking short bios of each girl. No really. It's worth your time.
Go shopping, friends. There are aprons, purses, shirts and jewelry. This is my bag:
Most of the bags are $75 and with that you get an awesome purse, a woman earns a fair wage and a school student is fed for a year. Not too shabby. This is my favorite one in the shop right now: