Profits generated by the 500 will:
- Build the first artisan cooperative in the village of Aru, DRC;
- Engage a post-conflict community in the global market;
- Provide an income to ten local families.
This is only the beginning . . .
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60% PRODUCT – We calculated the exact cost of producing 500 items which include sourcing fabric at local markets, paying a fair wage to our artisans, and importing our final shipment.
16% COOPERATIVE IN CONGO – By building an artisan’s cooperative, you give these women an incredible opportunity. A cooperative, by definition, is a group of individuals who voluntarily join together for shared economic, social, and cultural benefits. Your pledge will establish our cooperative status in the DRC.
14% OPERATION – We need to cover general operating expenses, including marketing and website development to maximize our success.
10% VENUE – We are registered for many holiday bazaars, most with a global theme. Your pledge will go towards venue fees and displays needed to sell our products.
RESULT – Profits derived by the 500 products will build our cooperative, allow us to launch our online shop, and design an attractive, innovative wholesale product line.
Experience is our foundation. Since November 2012, we have successfully sold 268 handbags at holiday venues in Lincoln, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado. Customer interest inspired our return to the DRC in April 2014 where we met with our friends to discuss the creation of a cooperative.
The past two years have indeed been an adventure!
Here’s what we learned. First, we started by producing several handbag styles to determine current trends. Second, we shipped with several different international shipping companies to find the best price. Third, we participated at a variety of venues to find our niche.
Risks and challenges
We desire to grow far beyond our Kickstarter project and know there will be more challenges to come. The DRC is defined by high levels of illiteracy, poor sanitation, disease, and intermittent civil conflict. For these reasons, most businesses keep their distance. We anticipate the initial difficultly of aligning our supply and demand chain, but are confident in establishing a strong foundation.
In fact, we are certain that the cooperative's positive social and economic impact will lead to creating more artisan cooperatives throughout the region.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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