My name is Uyi Omorogbe, I'm a first-generation Nigerian-American and a senior at Colgate University. I started NaSo two years ago to create African-inspired clothing that can be worn everyday. The problem is that all African-inspired clothing that exists today is saturated with West African prints. Although these prints are beautiful, their overuse tends to limit the versatility of the clothing. NaSo solves this problem.
At NaSo, we have taken a minimalistic approach by focusing on the details, designing clothing that can be worn to any event and every party. We create products that bring the talent of African communities to the global stage, showing that African-inspired clothing has a place in the world of fashion.
Imagine going to school and having no chairs to sit on and no place to write. When it rains, water leaks through the ceiling. When you need to use the restroom you have to go in the forest outside because there are no bathrooms at your school. Imagine experiencing these things and still having the willingness and determination to dream of something better. This is the situation that students in rural villages in Africa face everyday. Simply put:
Consider Okuosa Primary School (OPS) - where my father attended when he was 8 years old. Located in Urhokuosa Village, Nigeria, OPS provides education to over 400 students between the ages of 5-13. This past summer, I had the opportunity to visit OPS and learn first hand the struggles that the teachers and students face. I quickly realized that NaSo could make a difference.
At NaSo, we believe that the future of Africa is the youth and if we invest in their education, we can empower them to one day change the world.
We renovate schools in Africa's rural villages so that students can learn in a safe and comfortable environment. My father was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to leave OPS and attend a private boarding school in Nigeria that provided the much needed resources. Because of this, he was able to achieve his dream and become an engineer. We believe that every child in Africa deserves this opportunity.
A successful kickstarter campaign means:
- The introduction of our first line
- The employment of local tailors in Nigeria to manufacture our clothing
- The launch of a community effort by employing local carpenters and construction workers to renovate our first school
- Students and teacher will have desks, chairs, proper roofing and bathrooms
- If we exceed our goal, we will renovate the secondary school in Urhokuosa as well, allowing us to have an even greater impact on the community.
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Size Chart: Women
Risks and challenges
We will be sending out surveys regarding the size and the color of the shirts following the end of the campaign. We are confident in our ability to fulfill the orders on time for the amount of product we are aiming to sell. Although if our campaign is extremely successful and we are funded far more than we are expecting, our delivery times may be delayed due to the high volume of orders.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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