Does This Give You Any Ideas?
Karen Mains and Mary Ogalo scheming
along an African garden path about GBP.
For the rest of this month, I’m setting up a bag shop in our living
room in West Chicago. Everything is 20% off! Contact me for the address
and times when I’m available for you to drop by. Karen Mains’ email is email@example.com. Mobile phone: 630-338-3604.
people have stepped up and have ungrudgingly given enough donations to
cover the almost $2000 we were behind in paying Mary Ogalo’s salary for
February and March and the rent for the office and Global Bag Project
sewing center for the same months. I am relieved and grateful beyond
words. I can be fierce when it comes to our friends overseas.
to the April 2 slaughter at the Garissa University College, everyone in
Kenya is unsettled, and I am furious. This righteous anger comes from
someplace deep in me.
I can’t do anything about lawlessness,
or the thought that news reports say these al-Shabaab executioners were
jovial as they murdered 147 students in cold blood. We can’t do much,
but we can stand beside those with whom we have dreamed dreams—creating
a microenterprise venture together that will help hard-working women
lift themselves out of poverty. When David and I are behind financially
at the ministry, it’s easy to get emotionally low. Small and large
encouragements from friends restore our faith in humanity, remind us
that God cares about us and that the Enemy is, indeed, a defeated foe.
of those for whom violence is always just around the corner. Are there
ways you can help us help these women help themselves?
is what we need: We need to sell the products here in the States so we
can wire funds to keep the women working and to employ others who have
been trained as seamstresses. Visit the Global Bag Project on ETSY or check out www.GlobalBagProject.org.
would also like to start a capitalization fund with donations of
$1000–$2000. Often, we can’t develop new ideas because we can’t pay for
them; simple Business 101 principle. If you are a businessperson, and
want to assist in our capitalization fund, checks marked
“Capitalization Fund” can be sent to Global Bag Project, Box 30, Wheaton, IL 60187. We will gladly sent you a tax-deductible receipt.
if the following photos give you some ideas of how to use large,
medium-sized, or small book-bags for woman-to-woman-empowerment
gifts. Great idea for a bride like Hanna T., who we met when she was
interning at Africa International University. That’s a Glocal Gal. Live
locally, but think globally.
Bags for Kids. Let them know the story of the bags. Moms in Africa make
them to sell so they can pay their kids’ tuitions. You will be turning
out Glocal Kids. Good job! Sewing
Class Graduates: Sewing-room-made gowns, caps, graduation ceremony,
smiles and that all-wonderful graduation certificate. Teacher (on
left), Mary Ogalo (near center left), a couple Kenyan GBP board
members. Sewing machines are made available to graduates on a work/loan
arrangement. East African fabrics on chairs
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