We are so excited to welcome Alison from No.41 to the blog today to share a little bit about their business and how they are impacting lives! "No.41 literally means FOR ONE. We started in March 2012 with 16 girls from the local orphanage in Gisenyi, Rwanda with the intention of teaching them the culturally relevant trade of sewing and empowering them to give back to their local community. For each bag sewn, a young woman earns a sustainable income and a child receives a hot, healthy lunch every day at school for the entire year. Currently, No.41 employs 32 young women and 6 men feeding 870 students and 36 teachers, every day." "An average workday doesn't really pertain to us! At the beginning, we had more structure, 8am-4pm Monday-Friday. And let's just say sewing, laughing and Justin Bieber dance parties were on the schedule. Now, that still goes on, but the girls work solely on commission and are able to come and go whenever they want, because that's what worked best for everyone. We rent both houses inside our little compound. The front house we share with some of the girls, and the back house is No.41 workspace. So we are able to work from the comfort of the living room while still being available for the girls and any needs that may come up throughout the day. Every day is a new adventure." "One of our favorite things about the space is our photo wall. Literally being able to see the whole journey through photos has been a reminder of how far we've all come in a little over a year." "We love the display wall, which is actually in the living room of our house. Just as we were ready to open up shop, or landlord was knocking down the house in the back of ours to build what is now the No.41 house. As old dusty, dirty, fabulously charming doors and windows were piling up to head to the dumpster, we snatched them up to display our products on. We have visitors who come through often, so we like to change it up and make it feel fresh. We love the "store front" feel it gives to our little part of the world."Thank you so much for sharing, Alison! If you'd like to learn more about No.41, you can check out their website and their online store! xo.
At Work With No.41
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AMAZING!!! How can I get one of these rugs??
This is beautiful. You don’t have to have a fancy work space to make a change.
Oh great! They live my dream actually! Yay for fair business!
What an amazing initiative!
Thanks so much for sharing this with us, l’ve just bought two bags as Christmas presents. xx
What a wonderful space and such a great thing they are doing! I just ordered my Diana bag and I can’t wait for it to arrive, thanks for putting me in touch with an organization doing good things! : ) Now that’s beautiful!
This is such an awesome idea! I really love there backpacks and aprons!!
Thank you so much for bringing this to light! Beautiful <3
I can’t wait to learn more about them. I love businesses that help worthy causes.
Best At Home With..ever!
How awesome! Thanks for sharing, this is by far one of my favorites! It’s so fascinating to see where people work.
I loved this post, thanks! I am going to be following their awesome work and blog.
Awesome story! I love how they’ve decorated their space. It’s so encouraging to see people doing something to help others.
thank u for this!
made my day!
Thank you so much for sharing this! I absolutely love the idea. I want to start something like this in Zambia!
at this volume
Very interesting post!!!
This is amazing! It’s just wonderful and inspiring to see how much can be done in little time. Organizations like these need the publicity, so thanks for sharing on your platform:)
I love every one of your posts basically, but I’m very glad to see you spreading the word of solidarity