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!!
Your Exciting Rewards!!!
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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!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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