I love a good cause. I’m a firm believer that small offerings by many good hearts can combine to make a big difference. This week Alissa Haight Carlton is running her annual Action Kivu fundraiser. In this fundraiser the money raised goes directly to teaching women in the Congo how to sew and giving them their own sewing machine when they have passed their courses.
I love a cause that empowers under-privileged and abused women by giving them tools to and education to make their lives better. Not only so they can provide for their families but to give them confidence and self-worth.
Visit Alissa’s Blog for more Action Kivu information. Your donations also enter you to win awesome prizes!
I know the goodness of this community first hand as many of your were so generous last winter in raising money for the Sewing Machines for Ecuador cause to buy sewing machines so that these indigenous women of northern Ecuador could help supplement the income for their families who typically earn as little as $300 a month. Over $1200 was raised within a couple of weeks for these women.
With the money that was donated these sweet ladies were able to buy 4 industrial sewing machines and a serger. After they have received training on the machines those who work are paid wages for the products they sew that are sold. Women are also given the opportunity to use the machines to sew for their own families needs. Many, many thanks again to those who helped!
There are lots of opportunities to out there to help. Here are links to past posts. If money is tight, but you want to contribute no-longer-needed fabric and supplies that you have on hand consider sending fabric (or unfinished quilt tops) to Serving with Smiles (more information and background here.)