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Unfold is a wallet company based in Uganda. The social business focuses on community development through economic empowerment.Twitter: @discoverunfoldInstagram: @discoverunfoldFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/discoverunfold/
Unfold is a wallet company based in Uganda. The social business focuses on community development through economic empowerment.Twitter: @discoverunfoldInstagram: @discoverunfoldFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/discoverunfold/
118 backers pledged $8,108 to help bring this project to life.

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What we’re about 

Unfold is a wallet company based in Mbale, Uganda. Melissa, the founder, lives in Uganda and wanted to create a business that had a positive social impact for local communities. The idea for wallets arose because there are so many beautiful East African fabrics and very talented tailors. Additionally, what girl doesn’t need another wallet?!?! Once Melissa had a clear business idea, she ran it by Lydia, the operations manager and a local Ugandan, who absolutely love the idea and thought it would be good for the surrounding communities. Melissa and Lydia created a few wallet designs, asked some tailors to make some samples, and the rest is history!! To learn more about us please visit our website at www.discoverunfold.com

Our Vision and what we need 

Ultimately, we would like to open a shop in Mbale and employ tailors full-time. We currently don’t have the capital to do this so we are outsourcing all of the work to local tailors. We envision a shop where tailors are able to work for a salary to support their children, where ladies who need jobs can learn tailoring skills on the job, and a portion of the profits will be reinvested into the communities. The capital we raise will be used to find a shop; supply the shop with sewing machines, fabric, thread, needles, and other necessary operating materials; and hiring and training tailors. This capital will allow us to boost our inventory levels and hopefully get wallets onto shelves in the US and into your hands!!

Our Team 

Melissa, Founder, shopping for Kickstarter rewards
Melissa, Founder, shopping for Kickstarter rewards
Lydia, Operations Manager
Lydia, Operations Manager
Rose, one of our tailors
Rose, one of our tailors

Your Exciting Rewards!!! 

Bookmarks
Bookmarks
Paper bead bracelets
Paper bead bracelets
Paper bead necklaces
Paper bead necklaces
Earrings (option 1)
Earrings (option 1)
Earrings (option 2)
Earrings (option 2)
Earrings (option 3)
Earrings (option 3)
Earrings (option 4)
Earrings (option 4)
Earrings (option 5)
Earrings (option 5)
Wallet (other options also available)
Wallet (other options also available)

If you select a reward where there are multiple options, please send us a message if you have a preference for a certain color/design. 

Social Media 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/discoverunfold

Twitter: @discoverunfold 

Instagram: @discoverunfold

Risks and challenges

While we are very confident in our business model and our products, we do realize we may face some challenges. Our biggest challenges include the limited supply of certain fabrics, so once customers find a design they like, it may go out of stock pretty quickly depending on how much material is available – you could say most wallets will be limited edition! The other challenge is, African fabric wallets are a new concept in Uganda so many tailors don’t know how to make them. It might take some time and dedication to train additional staff, but we are ready!!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    $5 is what you can spare? No worries, we've been there. Ramen noodles are precious and while you'd like to help, the economy is rough and school is expensive. Study hard, my friend. Give us what you can and we will totally appreciate it and shoot a hand-written thank-you car your way (who doesn't love snail mail?)!

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    Have $10 to spare? Every dollar counts!!! We'll send you a thank you card with an African bookmark inside!

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    $15?!?!?! Thanks so much! We'll show you our gratitude by sending you a lovely paper bead bracelet, a specialty of Uganda!

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    Shoot $25 our way and we'll reward you with a paper bead necklace, also hand-crafted in Uganda! Everyone will be asking where you got your unique bling!

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    HELLO hand-crafted earrings!!! Perfect for you, your mom, your sister, or your girlfriend!! Every time we wear African earrings in the US heads turn and strangers stop to see where they can get a pair of your fabulous accessories!

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    If you can help us out with $50, lucky you will get one of our wallets!

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    Love cooking? Want to look great in an African fabric apron while in the kitchen? You got it! $60 will get you one classy looking apron!

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Got $75 to spare? Well, my friend, this will get you a wallet AND an apron!

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    You like drawstring backpacks? So do we!!! Made of African fabric, of course! Send $85 bucks our way and this can be yours!

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    You want to give us $100?!?!?! Thanks so much! You deserve a wallet AND a drawstring backpack :)

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    You are so generous! For this we'd like to thank you with a wallet, an apron, AND drawstring backpack!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    You say you want all the rewards?!?!?! Well, alrighty then! For donating $250 we will give you: a wallet, apron, drawstring bag, necklace, bracelet, earrings, and a postcard from Uganda!

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    You love everything so much you want TWO of everything? Well, we can do that for you! As a thank you for your generous $500 donation, we will give you TWO of the following: wallet, apron, drawstring bag, necklace, bracelet, earrings. We'll also send a postcard from Uganda!

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    You want MORE? Ok! Let's stick with giving you two of everything (wallet, apron, drawstring bag, necklace, bracelet, earrings) because you are so awesome for donating $750! We will also throw in that postcard AND if you send us your measurements we will have one of our tailors make you something custom made. You can choose from: a dress, slacks, skirt, or shirt.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    So, you want to be famous, huh? We can make that happen!! In the Kitenge (East African fabric) wallet world, that is. A contribution of $1,000 will grant you a product line named after YOU. That's right - the Ashley Wristlet will go down in history (and it will be named after you!).

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    Did you say you LOVE ADVENTURE? Have we got the trip for you! Help us out with $2,500 and we will plan a trip that sends you white water rafting OR kayaking on THE NILE. Crazy, we know. Just get yourself to Uganda and we'll do the rest!
    ***We will include rafting/kayaking, accommodation, and meals during the rafting trip. If you would like to add on to your trip there may be additional costs. Please contact us for further details!

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    YOU WANT COME TO AFRICA?!?!?!?!?! Well, now you can! Yeah, you heard right - donate $5,000 to our cause and we will fly you to Africa to meet the team! What could be better???
    ***We will pay for a flight and trip to meet the team. If you want to extend your stay and travel while you are here there may be additional costs. Please contact us for more details!

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Funding period

- (30 days)