April 06, 2015
One of our most fun projects was implemented for a women’s half-marathon in Colorado. This particular project illustrates well our general trials and triumphs – we experienced great joy in training and paying the women to do the work and in generating funds for Sanctuary of Hope. We navigated issues of how to obtain supplies, calculating fair wages for the women; quality control procedures; communication from half-a-world away; and timing from when an order is placed, to production on another continent, to delivery in the US. While joyful and a wonderful learning opportunity for us and for the women, the project leaves us with a remaining trial – creating demand and sustainability so that the women always have productive projects in the pipe-line.
A recent “triumph project” is the “SoH Heart Painting.” Penny Taylor, a good friend of Pamba Toto, served with a Hope’s Promise Short Term Mission team in Kenya last year. We sent her over with paint and canvas, and she worked with each SoH child to paint a heart in a section of the painting. She christened the artwork “Many Hearts, One Family.” As Pamba Toto sells fine art giclee prints of the piece, profits return to directly benefit the young artists!
We are incredibly grateful for a group of students at the Rocky Mountain College of Montana who are involved with Enactus and chose Pamba Toto as the recipients of their efforts. Enactus is “an international organization that connects students, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities.” The students wrote a business plan for Pamba Toto and secured grants through The Coca Cola Foundation's Uncap Opportunities for Women and Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business. These funds provided much needed Quick-books and training as well as an I-Pad and Square Cube.
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