8.8.11

Nakate Project


I was really happy to get to meet the founder of Natake, Shanley Knox, when my jewelry was featured in the Alive Fashion Show.  Shanley had a booth set up next to mine at the show and the beautiful Natake pieces were in the grand finale catwalk of the show! 

This week, the social enterprise Nakate will be raising $2,000 for a group of women and their families in Uganda. Nakate is an enterprise by nature, and usually makes their money to send back to Uganda through selling handmade goods from Kakooge, Uganda. But this week is different. This week, they are directly raising funds to wire back to the women they work with to boost their income in time for school fees, the rainy season and a nearby medical clinic that many of them are traveling to this week. The fundraiser is focused on 40 families, and giving them a break and a much needed financial boost during a hard time of the year.
Founder, Shanley Knox, writes "The goal of this fundraiser is to be able to give 100% of these funds to 40 families in Kakooge, Uganda. We are not paying ourselves. We are not spending any of this money to grow our organization. We are sending it all to Uganda."

You can donate to the fundraiser through The Tipping Bucket. The catch is that Nakate has to meet their goal in order to get this money. The way Tipping Bucket works, organizations only get their funding if they are able to reach their targeted amount during a scheduled amount of time. The Tipping Bucket is based on the belief that every single dollar helps, so hurry over and donate your dollar right now!


Here is a photo of Agnes with Rose Mary, one of the women benefiting from her work. Agnes oversees all the women in the Nakate Project, and only accepted money for her work after her husband lost his job. She also helps run a school for impoverished children in her village, and takes care of taking food and clothing to those who are needy. She and her husband gave up their jobs and moved to the poorest part of their village to be with the people they felt needed them - even some of Agnes' friends wouldn't come visit her there. They now live in a little bit of a "nicer" area, but she still works constantly to take care of the needy in her village. Without Agnes, there would be no Nakate Project. She knows the need and hardship of every person in her village and visits them regularly. She is also in charge of record keeping, distribution and necklace orders, as well as deciding who comes into the project.

Visit Tipping Bucket to donate.

Note: there will also be a giveaway for those who donate $1.00 or more to this fundraiser - visit Nakate's facebook page for information on how to enter!

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