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Handcrafted bags made by women in India that empower a community and give new meaning to the socially conscious shopper.
163 backers pledged $11,641 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE #2: $12,500 Stretch Goal!

Allow us to dream a bigger dream: a stretch goal of $12,500 with just hours to go! If we meet our Stretch Goal, all of our backers will get this limited-edition Profugo key chain!

UPDATE: Check out our Spring/Summer 2013 Lookbook

All of the products photographed can be found in our various pledges! A huge thanks to everyone who has pledged so far... we are 70% there! 


Our Project

In early 2012, Profugo started a Tailoring Training Program for 6 women in rural India. The program was designed to teach women about basic tailoring. However, what developed from this program went far beyond technical skills. The women learned about business training and empowerment. They became motivated, confident, and inspired to become leaders in their community, changing their lives in ways that we could never have predicted. 

We want to take a chance with Kickstarter to help transition our tailoring training program into a cooperative that is fully owned by the women. The women will provide tailoring to the local area in addition to the merchandise that will be sold in our Profugo Store. Your support not only gives these women the opportunity to provide for their families, but empowers them to become entrepreneurs. And as a testament to the people in Wayanad, India, they decided that all profits from their cooperative will go back into projects that support their community. These women don’t want a free hand out, they just want the opportunity to become entrepreneurs, expand their products, and make a difference in their communities…all they need is a little help from you to get started.

Our Story

Profugo is a grassroots organization involved in International Development.  The organization was founded in 2008 by a group of friends from Philadelphia who wanted to utilize their skills and resources to address challenges facing developing communities. Here at Profugo, we try to create a Global Neighborhood by lending a hand to disadvantaged communities around the world, instead of just a dollar. 

Our Products 

Natural Dyed Silk Scarves
Natural Dyed Silk Scarves
Solid Color and Patterned Scarves
Solid Color and Patterned Scarves
Profugo Shirt & Tank
Profugo Shirt & Tank

Our Bags

All of our bags are Kalamkari block print. We specifically use the Machilipatnam style of printing, an ancient art form that originated in the 1500s. Every bag is 100% cotton and crafted with sustainable materials and natural vegetable dyes. 

The Padded Wallet
The Padded Wallet
The Cosmetics Bag and Coin Purse
The Cosmetics Bag and Coin Purse
The Overnight Bag
The Overnight Bag
The Clutch and Fabric Options
The Clutch and Fabric Options
Pink & Red Limited Edition Sets
Pink & Red Limited Edition Sets
The Cross-body
The Cross-body

Where is the Money Going? 

Your pledge will help launch a tailoring cooperative that will enable these women to produce some really cool products.  Specifically, your pledge will help…

1. To launch a cooperative fully owned by the women entrepreneurs.

2. Double the amount of women trained and employed through the cooperative.

3. Expand their product line to include, but not limited to, scarves, padded wallets, and overnight bags. 

4. Renovate the new space to improve the working conditions.   

5. Purchase materials and upgrade the sewing equipment.

Before You Go...

This project is really about empowering women half way across the world.  You have the ability to change lives through something as simple as buying a bag. Please support these women who are trying to make a difference for themselves, their families, and their communities. A global neighborhood for a better quality of life!

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Risks and challenges

Because all of our fabrics are unique and chosen on a seasonal basis, the pattern that you order now might not be available in six months. Although unlikely, should this happen, we will replace with an equally beautiful pattern.

While we don't expect any delays, we only have a handful of women producing the bags and monsoon season is quickly approaching. We will do our absolute best to get you your product by the delivery date.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Every dollar makes a difference. You'll receive a HUGE thank you from everyone at Profugo and a Profugo sticker. This sticker was designed specifically for our Kickstarter campaign and embodies our value of women's empowerment.
    *You'll also receive a handwritten thank you note on a Profugo postcard.

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    Zipper Cosmetics Bag. In your choice of 1 of our 3 beautiful patterns: Black&White, Olive Green, or Elephant. This is your ultimate multi-purpose bag. From makeup, to your checkbook, to virtually anything else, what you choose to use it for is completely up to you! *You'll also receive a Profugo sticker and hand written thank you note.

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    Padded Wallet. You'll receive one of our newest products in your choice of Black&White, Olive Green, or Elephant patterns. This item can hold all of your necessities, from cash to business cards. It also features a convenient wrist strap, allowing you to travel. *You'll also receive a Profugo sticker and hand written thank you note.

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    Tank or T-Shirt. Choose between either of these quality American Apparel products, which were designed specifically for our Kickstarter campaign and embody our value of women's empowerment.
    *You'll also receive a virtual shout out on our Facebook page

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    Clutch. One of our most recent (and most stylish) items will be yours in your choice of our Plum Panes, Blue Whimsy, Red Floral, or Black&White patterns. This versatile bag is perfect for a formal event, date, or even just lunch with your friends!
    *You'll also receive a virtual shout out on our Facebook page

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    Solid Silk Scarf. This 100% natural product is made from hand dyed silk and wool. Available in your choice of: Plum, Deep Orange, or Persian Blue.

    *You'll also receive a virtual shout out on our Facebook page

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    Cross-body. The Cross-body is our tailoring cooperative's signature bag. This unique product has the potential to become an everyday accessory and features a strap that allows you to adjust the length to your liking. You choose between the Black&White, Olive Green, or Elephant patterns. *You'll also receive a virtual shout out on our Facebook page

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    2pc matching Cross-body and Coin Purse. In addition to our signature Cross-body bag you'll also get the matching Coin Purse, which is perfect for keeping all of your loose change in one place. The set is available in your choice of the Black&White, Olive Green, or Elephant patterns.

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    Overnight Bag. As the third and final of our newest products, the Overnight Bag holds all of the items a normal sized bag can't. It's perfect for a variety of occasions and provides ample space for all of the things you can't live without. It is available in the pattern of your choice: Black&White, Olive Green, or Elephant.

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    LIMITED EDITION RED PATTERN 3pc set Cross-body, Zipper Cosmetics Bag, and Coin Purse. This pledge level is the ONLY way to get our bags in the Red pattern, as this fabric is available for a limited time.

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    LIMITED EDITION PINK PATTERN 3pc set Cross-body, Zipper Cosmetics Bag, and Coin Purse. This pledge level is the ONLY way to get our bags in the Pink pattern, as this fabric is available for a limited time.

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    Patterned Silk Organza Scarf. This 100% natural product is made from hand dyed silk dyed with organic dyes. Your choice of Indigo, Orange, or Plum&Indigo.

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    THE THREE AMIGOS. At this level you will receive a Cross-body, Clutch, and Tank or T-Shirt. The Cross-body is available in the following patterns: Black&White, Olive Green, and Elephant. The Clutch is available in our Plum Panes, Blue Whimsy, Red Floral, or Black&White patterns.

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    THE COMPLETE COLLECTION. Backers at this level will receive one of EVERYTHING, along with the honor of having one of our bags named by you! "EVERYTHING" includes: Sticker, Coin Purse, Zipper Cosmetic Bag, Padded Wallet,Tank or T-Shirt, Clutch, Solid Scarf, Cross-body, AND Overnight Bag.

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    THE FASHIONISTA. Not only will you get one of EVERYTHING and the privilege of naming one of our bags, you will be able to design and name YOUR VERY OWN BAG! You will serve as an integral part of the design process and will receive the very first THREE of your customized bag that are produced. You will also be given credit on our website for designing your bag.

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    THE ULTIMATE VACATION. You'll travel to India and stay at Profugo's Center of Development in Wayanad for a week. Throughout your time there you will be hosted by the Profugo field team. You'll get to visit the women who participate in the tailoring cooperative and see their work first hand. You will also have the opportunity to have custom bags designed for you by the women that you will be able to take home with you. Airfare is included.
    *Available between February and May 2014.

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